How to stop gun violence: ‘I’m out here hustling peace’
As rain began to whip across a bustling street corner in the South Bronx earlier this week, Gilly Delgado pulled his knit hat low over his brow and shoved a hand deep inside his coat pocket. He took a step from the corner and sneered at the police officer who’d been watching him from across the street. He threw another look at a group of young men in hoods—one with a blood-red bandana dangling from his back pocket—who were marching up the block.
The group got closer. And Delgado reached deeper into his coat.
“This is my corner,” Delgado said low, stepping in the boys’ direction.
As soon as the group got within arm’s reach and earshot, Delgado pulled his hand from his pocket and jammed a button and pamphlet at them.
“Save our streets and stop gun violence,” Delgado said. The boys glared for a moment before taking the stuff and bopping around the corner.
“It’s like the crack game,” Delgado said slyly. “But I’m out here hustling peace.”
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