Greensboro Police Chief Brian James held a press conference on Tuesday, July 7 to talk about having had seven murders in the first seven days of July and 29 murders so far this year.
James asked the community for help solving the murders and in stopping the wave of violence.
In answer to a question, James said that none of the murders was in the two areas targeted by the Cure Violence program.
In 2019, the City Council voted to allocate $500,000 to One Step Further, a nonprofit run by City Councilmember Yvonne Johnson, to fund a Cure Violence program in Greensboro.
Cure Violence is a program out of Chicago that treats violent crime like an epidemic and by working with the community attempts to stop violent crimes, particularly murders, before they happen.
Cure Violence does not work with the police department. It is a completely separate program that makes a point of not working with or sharing information with the police department.
However, James said he does talk to representatives of Cure Violence and said, “There actually have not been any homicides in the areas targeted by Cure Violence.”
The two areas that Cure Violence targets are around Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and around Smith Homes. Those two areas were chosen because they were among those that had the highest incidence of violent crime in the past.
One of the issues that was discussed by the City Council when the decision was being made on funding the program was whether Cure Violence reduced overall violent crime or moved violent crime out of the specific areas it targeted into other areas.
When asked if that was “good news” that there had been no murders in the Cure Violence areas, James said, “That is good news. However again we are looking at 29 for the city as whole.”