One crucial component to combating gangs is changing the culture in the neighborhoods where they operate. That includes building a trusting relationship between residents and the police and encouraging a willingness to cooperate with investigations and prosecutions. The mayor's gang czar, Guillermo Cespedes, says Summer Night Lights' real success is not in statistics but in community buy-in. In Aaron's case, the community rallied against the perpetrators, and even gang members cooperated with the investigation, police said, a sign of hope in an otherwise tragic situation.
The best programs cannot stop every random act of viciousness, and public safety is not only about catching criminals— it is about stitching together neighborhoods that will not tolerate gang warfare. That's the work that continues.,,