In November of 2007, violence had reached near record levels in Newport News. James Fox, the Newport News chief of police, held a meeting with citizens of the East End. The police gave a presentation that centered on blaming the entertainment industry for the culture of no snitching. During the question and answer period it became clear this was not what the people attending were interested in. They wanted reassurance they would be safe if they did help.
19-year-old Travis spends his days watching the street.
At Sam's Barbershop everyone has an opinion on gangs, no snitching, the police and living in the East End.
Community activist Bernard Robinson explains the East End.
Asnistine Patrick sees the differences between 40 years ago and today.
Newport News police meet with East End residents.
As part of their program to make the East End safer, Newport News police buy back guns.