Slain City Councilman's Brother Holds Annual March Against Gun Violence
When City Councilman James Davis was shot and killed inside City Hall nine years ago, his brother Geoffrey vowed to continue James' annual Stop The Violence March. This year's march in Brooklyn on Saturday came amid a recent spate of gun violence across the five boroughs. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.
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About 100 people marched Saturday from Fulton Street to the home Geoffrey Davis once shared with his slain brother, City Councilman James Davis, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The surviving brother still lives in the home, but turned the ground floor into the James E. Davis Multicultural Museum Of Peace.
It is the walk's 19th year, but the ninth since the Councilman was gunned down.
"Walking is not enough. We opened up our home as a museum, a museum is not enough. We have mothers out there in schools raising children, that's not enough," said Geoffrey Davis. "But what's enough is us coming together as a community and realizing that we're brothers and sisters."
A little party was held inside the museum, where the conversation continued.
"As a parent, I'm always encouraging parents to really talk to your children, to know what they're doing. Don't let your children free, understand them," said an attendee.
"I came to give support to stop the violence," said an attendee who came from Corona, Queens. "I think that everyone should be involved in stop the violence, whether it affects you or not, because today it's me and tomorrow it could be you."
"Criminals standing on a corner right now might see us and think about it and stop," said a third.
"This summer, there's been a spike, there's been havoc in our community. We don't want to just respond to the violence after, but we want to respond beforehand," said Geoffrey Davis.
Since his brother died, Geoffrey Davis has been addressing violence in New York City and across the United States. He just returned from talking to families affected by the shootings in Aurora, Colorado.