... You fell asleep. You gave up on [violence prevention], and the whole thing fell apart. A report out of Harvard is the smoking gun proving that the City of Boston let the success of the Boston Miracle fall through the cracks without even putting up a fight. As infighting and egos in the police department and clergy circles threatened to undermine the whole thing, you just let the whole thing slip away. I just cannot believe this, Mr. Mayor. I cannot believe it.
And I cannot believe that after all of this, you have the nerve to say that you understand this city. The facts are rather simple: You didn't understand that if left alone the problem of violence would come right back once everyone got out of jail and the same old problems plaguing the same old neighborhoods remained unsolved. You didn't understand this then, Mr. Mayor, and you don't understand it now.
How do I know this? I know this because we are back to where we started, with innocent 15-year-olds en route to school getting killed on busy streets in broad daylight, where witnesses are scared to come forward because they don't trust the police, where orders for the police to bang guys against cars and go through their pockets have only created more complaints against police and further exacerbated widespread mistrust and hostility towards law enforcement and the court system. ...