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Continuing Violence In Trenton

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In the light of the recent shootings to two cops in Trenton the question of whether more cops is the answer or is more religion.

Some local ministers and reverends say faith, not cops, is what is needed.

They say they are working hard on building faith and core principles in the community so that maybe people will stop killing each other. 

Chasing New Jersey met up with a group of ministers at Stuyvesant and Hoffman Ave. in one of Trenton’s worst neighborhoods.

The area is filled with boarded up buildings and scattered with bullet holes and graffiti.

The ministers are trying to help establish a relationship with the young black men in the neighborhood and let them know that they are there to help.

They say they are meeting resistance because most of the younger generation in Trenton is afraid of the ministers as well as police because they feel like having any kind of conversation with them will end up making them a target.

Minister Lee Ingram says, “You see they get afraid when anybody comes around that tries to help them.”

Earlie Harrell, a member of the Bloods gang who goes by Almighty Blood Messiah has become a peacemaker in the community working to save young men from drugs and crime.  He says the ministers may not be wasting their time, but he says that all that the young black men in the city care about is money.

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