A Onetime Bklyn Drug Dealer, Now Working to Combat a Plague of Gun Violence

By VIVIAN YEE

Rudy Suggs, a former drug dealer in Brooklyn, now works as a “violence interrupter” for Save Our Streets Crown Heights.

On and around the street corner where one of his friends was once gunned down, Mr. Suggs now breaks up fights before people run home to get their weapons. The neighborhood kids who saw him selling and fighting when they were young are now teenagers whom he counsels not to go down the same path.

Mr. Suggs’s services as a “violence interrupter,’’ one of four who work for Save Our Streets Crown Heights, part of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, are in high demand, with shootings still prevalent in the neighborhood.  » CONTINUE

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