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April 24, 2012

Truce Between The Crips And The Bloods

As a member of the Crips gang in Los Angeles, Aqeela Sherrills hated his rivals. But in 1992, he helped negotiate a peace treaty between the Bloods and the Crips. They announced it on a Tuesday, and the next day a jury acquitted four police officers of the beating of Rodney King, sparking the Los Angeles riots. Dick talks to Sherrills about how the treaty changed the quality of life in the South Central Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, and about his continuing work in the community.

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