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Ty'Asia Talbert who is the cousin of murdered rapper Monte "M-Bone" Talbert holds up gang peace messages during a gang intervention event in Compton, California on May 28, 2011. Reverend Ball belongs to the group 'Silver Lining of Hope Crusade' who claim that over 19,000 people have died in gang violence in Los Angeles over the past 30 years.
When it comes to street gangs, times are different today that they were in the 1980s and 90s, when cops and gangs had tense relations in neighborhoods like Watts.
Police now rely on gang interventionists, members of communities fighting gang violence that cooperate with police to help reduce crime, among other local groups.
Gang killings aren't going away, but there's now a new dynamic and approach L.A. police employ to combat the violence. John Buntin wrote a piece on this in this week's New York Times Magazine, and joins the show today to discuss what he found.