Boston Police Target 'Known Predators' To Stop Violence

The Boston Police commissioner says the department is working aggressively to reduce violence in the city following several shootings in the past week.

Commissioner Ed Davis says the Youth Violence Strike Force and the Drug Control Unit arrested 28 people Thursday — people he calls "known predators."

"Those types of ongoing proactive enforcement efforts are crucial to the overall strategy and will aggressively continue and are in fact continuing today," Davis said. "There are undercover operations occurring in the city right now that will have an impact in the weeks to come.

"We're focused on those areas where violence is occurring and those individuals who are engaged in it, and they should be aware that we are working right now to put them in jail."

Davis is asking the community to help police track down shooting suspects and he says he intends to nearly double the amount of police street patrols this summer, compared to last year.

Thursday night, a man in his 20s was killed in Dorchester. On the Fourth of July holiday, four people were shot and killed in a matter of hours.

This program aired on July 8, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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