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most victims are children. came through here don't want to do the other. this man builds crosses for each use lost to the epidemic of gang violence here it's almost can do to just stay alive we know 5 closest to the things that make it so 7 people we've lost a 5 to 6 chicago. clifton boonie mike founder is a loving grandfather back in the day he used to be a leading gang member he spent 27 years in jail for crimes ranging from assault to 1st degree. after half
a life behind bars others had filled his place and taken over the block once part of the problem bernie now spends his days as a gang intervention coordinator his porch is practically his office without him it would be too dangerous for us to film here. is north already here his word carries weight it takes a courageous person. to stuff they speak to the kids they see a group of peers in the street started now going through all misspeak it to up they'll walk a mile. and that makes us a difference to me and i at was person because i go to the class to try to make an honest living here it often takes holding down several underpaid jobs of once this man has been cleaning cars for 30 years 10 dollars each. but if you're looking for fast cash you sell drugs for the street gangs.
as a hard job to convince them to stop selling drugs and they go get the. dollars they got to tell them that dope is a lot of charge i get try to get them to see the law which is not theirs to 50 because it's to pack a bead on. a short life in the fast lane for most here and that's all they've ever known. most of their fathers were absent in jail jarring their childhood their moms barely able to make ends meet. growing up here often means falling for the wrong here runs. to take says several days on the streets before we meet gang members willing to talk to us. you want to be a part is like you seen what we do and we hustle and we want to say it is your choice you will be a part of so you see the reason that we were taken out of every risk that we take
is to wait. a day to get a job if you mess around out here. you think you have the right i'm choosing to take the risk because i like to fix my. car drives up they negotiate a price and hand over the drugs that's how it is here hustling instead of homework . what might look like just a couple of friends hanging out can quickly take a turn for the worse almost everyone here is armed. jonathan started selling drugs at the age of 13 has to to tell the stories of friends he lost by l.n.g. who was killed in front of his school when he was just 16 times the chicago. they paid a life since it just doesn't. get hurt i know my brother i'm a big brother no i don't get that from me he feels it is but there's been a lot of there's been
a lot of reviews going no no no the best the best ever put to it. me that the whole world will bless you know this is. what 57 to me again watches over his streets but this time it's different he's no angel but life has made him wiser he still does manage to get through to everyone some couldn't even imagine life without a gang bang bang a cool just the life that he chose at the end because we had no choice real choice in a matter of feeling. no matter who it is a what if from anybody had a choice in their life we got pushed to the point well we had no choice so we didn't even get out to do. and for many that means hanging around all day young people here have lost their faith in life having anything better to offer them the streets. in the gangs they try to be the family they never had for a child but. you know this that would be like in his hometown this is logical this
is the elegant house for this music i'm not going to be it's not but so what we gain by really what we really have family over her like we all care for each of the other by we don't do we not we all do for monday the 5th of them some stuff they gave me a week we did is we did nothing to do or let them know what we see home. he's the one who builds the crosses for chicago's lost children greg zane asher is a retired carpenter for each life taken he sets up another cross together they form a growing memorial on the west side greg himself suffered the tragic loss of 2 family members he knows what it's like to have a loved one stone and from your. burger making the crosses is also a way for greg to be able to work for his own trauma. my nicknames for the evil.
heard this hard in my shop i cry a lot more to show. how. it was. i've i feel like i'm bad to these people because i've had that loss. and. it all seems like nobody wants to talk about it to them i do. nobody wants to have a loss go unnoticed that mother that loved their game or like just say connor. she loved him to a certain point something went wrong. once he's finished making a cross greg leaves it behind for the family of the deceased to take with them like tyrone blake sr. even as a police officer he was unable to stop his own son from being drawn into the
maelstrom of gang life and getting killed. they have no more they have no. this is just hard to talk about is this. no regard for human life. it's no structure. there is no leadership so. far as. tyrone blake jr did not live to see his 26th birthday. i. call appoints office fully rigged with them 10 i am radio scanners and monitors this is where he tracks police dispatches night by night listening in on
police radio is not only legal in the us for the point it's a crucial part of his work he's a freelance photojournalist who specialized in police operations the material he gathers he sells to local television stations for their crime related news. he has a range of contacts across the city he can send out to collect footage and he also hits the road himself every night. it really. can be anywhere where people are shooting at each other you know i work. for added protection. some nights seems a little more dangerous than others some. but it certainly helps make me feel a little bit safer when we're out in the violence has ticked up at chicago. classic downtown chicago with its imposing skyline his world removed from the chicago love
point works and he covers stories from the toughest. one that is really cool to on camera he's been on the job for 20 years now and seldom sleeps more than 5 hours a day if that. suit is going to have. a cup of coffee a good. local t.v. stations pay between $150.00 and $300.00 for the footage he delivers although there are plenty of cases to cover poorly as he's known by police and gang members alike as to work hard for his money he's the city's number one police reporter and after all these years he's still passionate about his job. here. is that. if you have fear you can't you can't properly cover the city of chicago i don't know if you have fear it's like if you were a war correspondent if you were assigned to afghanistan or iraq this is the similar
assignment at the end of the day every day someone is being shot in my life. so it is not much different than being a combat journalist that many times tonight is a quiet night and we already have several people shot. a quiet night in most cities around the world there's nobody shot but in chicago there's a couple of people shot. in his car lapointe has 7 scanners tuned in to all the different emergency services radio systems covering emergency services. 47 he's divorced with 2 grown up children of his own his son also works for him and like him is on the road night after night. hallie's 1st stop of the evening a woman on a man was shot and injured his movements are routine he wastes no time setting up his camera. the police have already roped off the area but even though they've
known pauli for ages they make sure to keep him at a distance. make sure i look good one officer calls out to him. once the police have wrapped up wholly packed away his camera and continues on his journey the next crime scene is already waiting. for very. very soon as it gets warmer busy. bullets fly more violence as more the aggravation level is increased as you increase the temperatures people just get crazier and crazier. when the hottest summer days when you get the most shootings just people are just. that the numbers of chicago have been really bad at that time that we've had weekends where we had 50 people shot a dozen killed and that happens more frequently than people might think and it's unfortunate for pauli the night is far from over.
a new day johnson chicago's west and south sides and reveals just how rundown these neighborhoods you really are. the people who grow up here a crammed into underfunded schools and have few opportunities for career development any welfare and education programs are quickly discontinued if they fail to deliver the expected results fast. crumbling buildings toxic landscape it's the exact opposite of the american dream. unemployment is rife the middle class moved out years ago poverty here is self-perpetuating. st welcome to news one of the few people local youngsters respect he's disappointed with the meager funding being provided to tackle the overwhelming problems facing the community. it's worse it is serious. and afghanistan
every day it's shootings. and it's not an outside force. because this weapon tree is so assessable now. in my community you can go get a god quicker than you can bat juice. chicago proud to be home to barack obama the country's 1st african-american president and. tourists flock to its magnificent glittering downtown area most children from the west side have never even had a glimpse of this picture perfect part of the city the gulf between black and white rich and poor is deeper here than in most other places in america one more reason why chicago is plagued by so much violence. back on the west side
bernie doesn't take his eyes off his granddaughter he couldn't see his own kids grow up he was in jail. on. the street corner where bernie by streets for little rain is known as the most dangerous in the area. and when temperatures rise so does the violence and with it the death toll on just 2 days in july 2800 over 100 people was shot 15 fatally many victims were innocent bystanders who had nothing to do with the gangs i'm up by but my mother got i got bob bob bob bob meets bubba an old acquaintance from the neighborhood here every. one where do you ever see you're the gotta go bob r r he seems intimidating at 1st but soon it's clear he has mental health problems and needs help i was going through now she's good she's go some good c. good i am sure you know you told me. when to shoot up luckily it's just
a colorful water pistol but. she on knowing. him and. otherwise the guns people carry here a real loaded and lethal. but this is this is an issue in our community and that he needs to be seriously mentally ill that he do drugs the masses mad so he met leo and he out in the street just that at the other normally a person he approached like that when he got physical d. them up on how the daily violence is the sad norm 3 blocks down there's been a real shooting only the shell casings remain strewn across the street as silent witnesses the victims 3 teenagers the shots were fired from a moving car in the afternoon just a school ended and the students were going home up the stairs in my house and i heard because i said i knew my kids would drop to the floor it was
a very scary says he's away so it was a boy and a grandson and my. little saturday is going to stand how they can come outside and play is a very bad situation. i was in a neighborhood that have no money now i would like to go somewhere where i have no money. some residents are paralyzed by fear for their children's lives others have become numb to it whoever lives here has learned to survive. you stay aware but you don't feel scared oh you would never come out the house. watching around was this the best we can do this watch is so wow moments i mean my models always there are positive people. from negative people who have nothing going on in my life have nothing to live for. just keep it moving i really don't
try to associate with a lot of people ask how sad the streets where. we targeted or the state so that's what it was. just doing well with the work of the good hell's this well it's. small memorials for the dead a constant reminder of the ever present danger in chicago there's a shooting every 4 hours every 19 hours a fatal while there are more guns and fewer police officers here than in most other u.s. cities and the police have a long standing reputation for racism it's an explosive mix of factors here that happen ok i've had a guy. i do have. a child and that's a quick prayer before setting to work the police have asked boone and other social workers for their help the police still have boonie registered as a gang member and often treat him unfairly he says but here they work hand in hand
the violence is too severe for anyone sign to solve on a. family. like you did on her right here in his exam. i think you want to give them a break and not about the great work you know all right they know the people living in a trust the social workers more than they do the police. that we could go to not about this got shot one guy the survivor 30 year old in a $68.00 you. again let's go where we are you. probably don't vince other younger people have put their. 7 when young kids and teenagers die in the neighborhood people are more open to the message to me and his colleagues friends. they work for
a youth development organization called bill which has been working to help at risk youngsters in chicago since 969. 30 is part of a small chain of experience thanks gang members street that runs he and his colleague carlos were both gang leaders in the past. like. in those days they could never have imagined working together with each other on the other side. not about how did he not on the town with your present make their final big different make you know how different movies out you know. when we would go we when it came together not. actually we would have been a part of the problem you know where does it with the kids is who's already stationed you know there has a doctor who wouldn't they know that we're sobbing and the reason being there is no man and i look up to us and we try to change their lives and give them jobs yeah. i
got my. mam up front well i mean you know what they don't need the right but at the end of the day if the team meeting at the offices of bill mooney and his colleagues. change ideas on how to get through to those they worry about most every day right. and carlos know all too well just how hard it can be to find a job after leaving jail. that will go so high that build has workers from all walks of life from college graduates turn social workers to people whose university was the street. mooney has his very own method he approaches everyone in the community including its youngest residents and talks to them or. so well with mike it. was out
so he didn't see it right. he did it. it's important that the kids trust him so that they can talk to him everyone here knows bernie and he knows this is the only way to reach some of them especially those who aren't ready yet for the other activities and programs build office. the organization also offers discussion groups for juveniles with criminal records they're not his strictly voluntarily attendance is one of their parole conditions. carlos leads the group today they're talking about their mothers these are is not easy for us firstly as it. is how so appreciate your mother my you know some feign disinterest of the shift uncomfortably and that chance talking about their emotions is something they've never really learnt to do we can we can help you guide you but you guys got to give us insight you know what is it that you need so that more carlos the former gang
leader who spent 25 years in jail talks openly about his emotions and his mother she never failed to visit me she never feels the same become say of mine she never failed to send me pictures you know a family event she never will you know or separate collect. she was always there. my home. 6 months into my bit yeah they looked out after. it was down my girlfriend they was gone. and that's the reality and that's why we do this you know to give respect to our moms you know to show that we love you we care for you can have disagreements and she can be strong but the guys know my. peopling so his openness gets the boys thinking she'll find
a way to make stuff and i see you know you know why she always put it. first so. she is my protector. you say because my mom was both my mother before. she told me even though she had a tough time reason before put them off 1st she always. made sure we thought he'd be gone for a while i mean now she just got out of prison last more oh i have a senior fellow 234 years no change every time a delusion every time i did she was all drugged up you know saying she wasn't in the right my. story is that they are reluctant to recall that many are reluctant to hear carlos does listen offers the boy's options but he's well aware that ultimately they will have to fend for themselves back on the street. for.
the only protection greg zaniest needs is a helmet he soles and hammers away so that others won't forget chicago's lost. it's a labor of love that requires him to work every single day. so we've got the worst kind of cancer or any concert that ever had all gun violence that's just it just. it escalating nobody. there is no cure for cancer. there is no cure here i'm going to be going like that you know and i can't keep. what is it. it's about a nation is walked away from god it's about and i'm showing an act of kindness you know i'm going there not those with a cross in the heart i got to get a hug that's my paycheck.
22 years ago greg found his father in law shot dead in front of his hand since that day he's not only been a carpenter but also a chronicler of those chicago has lost he researches their stories keeps lists and tries to push his own pain away just 2 months ago one of his daughters died suddenly of an overdose. it's difficult for him to talk about it. i guess a root think it's a good think that my daughter met me alert level outward how are you both so i think this country will quickly go into hell. in the 10 years the last 10 years of it especially the last 2 years. greg he's inconsolable yet he tries to console others with his crosses. the boy
with a gentle smile was tyree wise he lived to be 16. even young children can fall victim to chicago's violence there to protect them a crossing guards from the safe passage program. these women in bright yellow vests patrol the streets to try to keep kids safe not from cars but from bullets. they're armed with nothing but walkie talkie to call the police. violence on the way to school has dropped by one 3rd since they started. still whoever grows up here could always be at the wrong place at the wrong time and get killed.
police departments like this one in district 7 in englewood are places that most residents associate with problems problems with the police. randall lacey wants to change that everyone here knows her as miss rain well you're just what 3 years after her daughter was stabbed to death she was left to raise her grandkids on her own 2 years ago one of them was also killed. miss ray wanted to do her part to combat violence on the streets so she founded the chess club. i built my 1st mission and the long suffering kids meet at the police station to play chess against members of the community and police officers for years. i'm sure . didn't quite so well that was every time you.
think the way this you to solve the dragon the data driven a brother with greg name all the way to the rest. yourself if you will the kind this side of the police. and the same thing go for the result you also want to sit down without you're going. to. hear it you're too out with your thought. process plus whoever is playing chess is not out on the street says miss ray she also thinks the playing chance teaches the kids to solve their problems with reason and not by pulling a gun and resorting to violence. well my dad told me it just makes it more like so like if there was like black to my children to go to i do it as well wade. there's
a good that it would soldier to go that way or that i think that. the officers aren't allowed to talk to journalists chicago's police have avoided any kind of coverage since the escalation in violence. in the rough and tough west side playing chess here is like an oasis of calm the kids say they feel safe even the youngest ones outside it's a different story in time i prefer to think like military family have. been here. here now let his he was like now he needs anything like that i did satisfied that we like have managed to do in order. a lot of mothers in the neighborhood of lost children miss ray tells us they can all sympathize with one another they know how it feels. they're
still she's determined not to let life get her down if only for the sake of the children to see that. my daughter was killed just love all of our duty but resolute in mind and this is always good i have to say to you. we have to support this so i can do is they focus all right. i like to write you that. it's night time and boone is at home his eyes aren't really following the t.v. that they're glued to his farm he's always on call in case one of the kids wants to reach him sometimes in the middle of the night 27 years of jail couldn't break his spirit. he married his wife patricia after he was released above the couch is
a picture of his zine iraq and michelle obama martin luther king bob marley muhammad ali but african-americans are far from being at the reins they're still being systematically disadvantaged his work on the streets is also the fight for equal opportunities. afraid. the polling says. that paris is scared you. know bad. this is the most courageous generation of young black and brown people in this world is right here. my thinking back in direct courage to a real fight. is going to help us as a people. just think of what could be accomplished. bernie trying to keep his own son orlando out of the gang life but he was in jail when he finally got out
orlando was already in the age of 17 sentenced to 55 years for mudda if there's one thing bernie regrets and it's losing his son to the streets. grew up in a camilla's he did that was part of the destruction my reputation so all he grew up all his life was only that's the bonus so yeah it means to portray. it thinking he was living up to my. so when he had a conflict instead of resolving it. by that he resolved it in a way. and that was through violence and it cost him 55 you know that was like. the street is open for business 247 cars drive a door opens drugs are exchanged and the contracts off again maybe dooney is trying to help these kids because his own son is so out of reach.
orlando now a grown man is calling from prison goony hasn't seen him you know for 25 years as a former convict he isn't allowed to visit his son in prison but he has plans for orlando once he can sound. well i want you to get you back and you got the job. you got your privates you got that part of the storm just like me. but for now all he can do is watch from his front porch as the kids on the street make the same mistakes he did. mistakes that rarely come with the 2nd child. patrol cars emergency life show the way for paul the point he's reached his 2nd
crime scene of the night. a few hours ago 2 young men in their early twenty's was shot. out of a moving car on a street full of traffic. that could easily have been more victims says paul an. innocent people who just happens to be passing by. which. there is no sign of danger pago when it doesn't happen like i said you know really there's a shooting every 4 hours in chicago so you know it's rare i don't know that we've got a day without it shooting for 2 years now i think it's been 2 years and not a day without a shooting or a 24 hour period without a shooting so you know again crime is down the homicides in shootings have have not got about 25 percent but we still have 75 percent that is still happening so it's
going to take a little more work for us to get this pizza a little safer. tonight is fairly quiet he says. 3 am pulling has time to swing by his office here it's safe to take off his bullet proof vest. in his very own headquarters pauli continues listening to the police radio and directing his staff here remain alert and ready to return to the streets until morning. hallie has lived with this inverted shadow for the past 20 years. and he still gets upset by the events he covers. the 14 or 13 year olds 12 year olds the reason why they're brought into a gang wife is because they can't get in trouble as an adult so they're recruiting
young kids into these gangs so they can commit the shootings and then they get out of the you know like a youth camp when they're 18 years old so they're not there at the spend the rest of their life in jail for killing someone so you find yourself we had one time we had a child who is 12 years old 12 and the gang was looking for him to kill him because he shot someone else it was one of the biggest stories we had in the beginning of my career was horrible to think that 1st of all that they recruited and use this child in the way they did and then they killed him which is why foley says he one quit not tonight not any time soon. the same goes for bumi he's attending yet another funeral but here too he finds time to speak to troubled youngsters timeless in his efforts to get them back on track. he finds them and they find him a boonie his job and private life inseparable. the
funeral parlor and grounds at least a gun free here the community can gather and mold in peace. but today's funeral is not for someone rich far too soon from their beloved. the neighborhood has congregated today to say its final farewells to a man who lived to the ripe old age of 86 ready 0 7. not many has survived that long this is a community that has become tragically accustomed to burying their loved ones at an early age. it's awful when it really it takes a lot to to see the agony suffer and the pain. in young people at the end the other thing years a lot of the young people that are dying are leaving children behind which makes
the situation even worse so it's challenging it really is. a challenging situation that would circumstances like these seems insurmountable inferi the people born into these conditions have the same and equal rights as anyone else in the country but they certainly do not have the same opportunities and with next to no matter side assistance or viable role models providing inspirational guidance the chances of breaking the vicious cycle of violence and poverty are sadly low. to some gooney is the turning point in their lives. davy and his 18 and wants to be a nice to earn some extra money he works night shifts until 6 in the morning and then heads off to school. money used to come easier when he was a drug runner on the corner. his mother couldn't support him and his siblings.
he was just a teenager but he felt responsible to be the provider. was the one who got him out of the gang. i was there. i looked in his as a not so me at that age and then days when i met him i was already in the streets and prison i had been in jail the joys of my life were spent in jail and i didn't want to have to go to what i went to actually like a father to me there are no in there because i never had a person but i always say all goes a relative tear me where i don't do this i don't do it but they would never show me again. if we wait how to do it they will tear me what not to do well how could i not do if you don't give me a different. 2 years of boony believing in him ok davey in the courage to turn his life around. bernie doesn't give up on anyone easily he wants to be their emergency
exit to get them off the wrong track and convince them there is a better life waiting for them. that's hard to believe when all you know are the few blocks around you and affluent downtown chicago remains a shimmering skyline on the horizon. i know now. that for now the writing today bernie is hosting a family reunion on his front porch a short reprieve in the rough neighborhood. boonie is the patriarch of west lot is of a new low key persistent did not. write davey and made it to the other side bernie and patricia have practically taken him in with the ever be equal opportunities for the children surviving in the shadows of chicago down to his granddaughter will ever get to see that day and yet he keeps on fighting every day
for the kids here to come around he's always ready whenever they are. and you know that's a lovely day with that you know when they realize it might be 1 o'clock in the morning they come up with a bad body can you take me in the morning the family or job could you take me in a more you put me in the program would you take me to morning families from school so a car there no prescribed time and that is so you just got to be there when a car there might think you know as long as god keep up with me and keep me healthy enough work to get up from point a to point b. i'll be up for. as long as he waits for them on his porch the doors. to a different life remains crack. for all of chicago's children who have lost their. lot.
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