Chester: Murders, curfews and violence prevention
July 13, 2010
Parts of the small city of Chester are under curfew in response to a series of murders earlier this summer. Those murders, with victims including a 2-year-old child, competed for headlines with the successful debut of Chesterâ€™s major league soccer team, the Philadelphia Union, with the stadium the latest of the cityâ€™s ambitious redevelopment efforts that include Harrahâ€™s casino. Joining us to discuss the murders, the cityâ€™s response and what else is going on in Chester is Mayor WENDELL N. BUTLER JR., the cityâ€™s former police chief. Then weâ€™ll talk to Delaware County District Attorney G. MICHAEL GREEN about the challenge of prosecuting the violence in Chester, and what his office is doing about it. Then, weâ€™ll hear from two people working at the grass-roots to address the violence in Chester: NICOLE COGDELL, president of Women of Strength United for Change, which advocates on behalf of victimsâ€™ families and for crime prevention; and JANET S. RILEY-FORD, program coordinator of the Chester Youth Collaborative.