NAACP to discuss gun violence intiative after CBC football star death

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 7:45 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - The St. Louis branch of the NAACP outlined an initiative to reduce gun violence in St. Louis City.

The organization will propose changes within the court system, the St. Louis Police Department, and St. Louis Public Schools. NAACP will also urge the Board of Alderman to pass legislation. This initiative was spurred on by the death of Damion Baker. Baker, a former CBC high school football star, was out with friends when a fight broke out and he was killed in a downtown St. Louis parking lot on July 3.

One of the proposed changes is implementing a Gun Violence Intervention Unit that will address gun violence and the underlying causes. NAACP also wants local prosecutors to go into St. Louis neighborhoods to learn firsthand about community concerns to better serve the public.

Second, the organization wants to educate children on gun safety.

“The NAACP will advocate for the development and implementation of prekindergarten through grade 12 curriculum that educates students about the risks of handling guns and enables them to recognize situations that may lead to gun-related injuries, identify trusted adults, make safe choices, combat negative peer pressure, and resolve conflicts nonviolently,” the press release stated.

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