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Boston's Finest # 4 - Calming the Storm

Aired August 31, 2013 - 22:00   ET



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We heard about 15 shots.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Three shots right here.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Anyone else upstairs? Anyone else in there? Boston Police.

MANNY CANUTO, OFFICER, GANG UNIT: My name's Manny. I belong to the day gang unit. Gang members in Boston are very dangerous.

There's a lot of guys that are already on a bad path. But then there's the ones that are at that fork in the road, kind of like I was when I got out of high school. And my goal is to pull them out of the situation they're in before, you know, they end up dead. I feel responsible for them.

I tease my partner. We grew up next-door neighbors. We went to elementary school together, middle school, high school.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's like growing up in this neighborhood, it was tough.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some of the kids that I grew up with joined a gang. Some of them is dead.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My parents was real strict.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was a wuss. I was a wuss.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They'd cross the streams if they heard me taking a "B."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I used to get a "B," too. I don't know what that means. (EXPLETIVE DELETED)

ANNOUNCER: The streets of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood haven't changed much since Manny Canuto and Dean Ruggio were kids. And next door, George and Esther Madapine (ph) are just as tough. Their parents both emigrated here from the Cape Verde Islands. Now their sons have devoted their lives to protecting the streets they grew up on, doing everything they can to keep the old neighborhood safe. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have a couple of things we have to bang out this morning. There's a warrant coming out for at least one suspect that's due in on robberies in District 4.

ANNOUNCER: The officers of the Boston Police Department's fugitive unit get their orders at street-corner briefings like this one.

They've been doing this long enough to know that details matter, and you can never skip any steps.

RYAN MASON: The gang unit is a lot more fast paced in terms of the way they're doing investigations, because their cops are responding to gang activities.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our unit is a lot more patient and a lot more methodical. The people that we get to look for are people that other police officers can't find.

ANNOUNCER: It's painstaking work. But that doesn't make it any less dangerous.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just when you're going through today, just take a minute to remember one minute we're walking around, everything is fine. Then one minute it's not fine. Any questions on anything?

MASON: How's your son?


MASON: He's got a big day.

JOYCE: Baboon nuts (ph).

MASON: They called yesterday, they're like, "Mr. Mason, can you please call back. We need to know if we have your permission to put Desitin on his bum." I'm like really? We're such a law-oriented (ph) society that you need permission to put lotion on someone's butt?

ANNOUNCER: Officers Ryan Mason and Sean Joyce have their work cut out for them: to solve a recent string of robberies in the South End. They have a suspect's description but no name.

MASON: So this is actually going to be the pawn store up here on the right. Then the grocery store is going to be this one right here on the left. So almost diagonally across from each other.

So he came behind the counter, threatened the cashier with the knife, took cash. He put the cashier in the back room...

JOYCE: Oh, really?

MASON: ... and fled on a bike.

This guy is threatening the domestic sovereignty of that neighborhood. And we're trying to protect the families of these neighborhoods.

He did it like Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

JOYCE: He wanted to get high on the weekend.

MASON: This is the beginning of a spree that this guy is on.

ANNOUNCER: For Manny and Dean, calls from dispatch can come at any time.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All channels, a male shot, Lee Hamilton Street.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was shot in the house.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How long ago did this happen?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It just happened. As soon as it happened I called the ambulance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's shell casings in the front stairway. There's like four of them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm going to say "hi" and I get shot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you recognize him?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was just going to say hi and I don't even know him.

ANNOUNCER: The gang unit knows this house well. They've been here before to deal with gang-related activity.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This kid here, he's part of a group they call the NOB, Nolton Only Barry Street (ph). They're a pretty active gang. He's always around them. They shot at him four times. I think they were definitely trying to kill him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Usually when there's a shooting between two different gangs that's been feuding, they're not going to talk to the police. Usually, they take it into their own hands and try to solve it on their own by retaliation towards another member of that other gang.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They'll just keep on going back and forth and if someone is going to get killed, now they're going to take it to a different level.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gray sweatshirt, stocky build, ran Barry towards Richfield.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We got a brief description on the shooter. We're just going to see if we can locate someone with that description.

ANNOUNCER: Half an hour ago, it was just another sunny day in Boston. But now Manny and Dean have to make sure a shooting on Hamilton Street doesn't set off a gang feud.

JOYCE: Our anniversary is in a couple of days. MASON: How many?

JOYCE: Fifteen, brother. Wow, 15 years.

MASON: What are you doing?

JOYCE: We'll dump the kids off at your household.

MASON: Yes? There you go.

ANNOUNCER: The fugitive unit has a face but not the name of a suspect who's been committing robberies at knifepoint.

MASON: Using a knife like that, and the knife that was described, it was a kitchen knife. So it makes you think there's definitely a sense of desperation.

ANNOUNCER: Thirty-five years of combined experience can help Mason and Joyce see connections others can't.

MASON: Why is he using a bike? He's not using a car. He's going to be living probably around that area if he's using a bike. He might be homeless.

JOYCE: There's a couple of shelters down in this area, too. You've got one down off of Mads (ph) Ave. You got one down off Pine Street.

MASON: The clock's ticking before he's going to commit another crime again.

ANNOUNCER: Their next stop is the shelter off Mads (ph) Ave.

JOYCE: Good morning. How are you?

MASON: We should transfer to, like, community service office.

JOYCE: You like that?

MASON: Homeless people are pretty hard to track. They could be staying at any shelter at any night at any time.

ANNOUNCER: No one fitting the robber's description has been seen at the shelter. A reminder this hunt is just beginning.

JOYCE: (EXPLETIVE DELETED), you know that, right?

MASON: That's what we get.

ANNOUNCER: The hours immediately following any shooting are the most crucial, which puts Manny and Dean on edge even before the next call comes in.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dispatch to all units. Robbery in progress, vicinity Applegate.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're at 595. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Five ninety-five?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pull up on the sidewalk, pull up on the sidewalk.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was robbed! I was robbed!


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know. He ran around the corner.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He ran around the corner.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What's he wearing?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He had on a white shirt and a red bandana.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Suspect spotted on foot.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 103 to base. We've got two suspects in custody.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One guy looked at me and tossed a firearm right here.

ANNOUNCER: An armed robbery turned foot chase in Dorchester has ended in an apprehension for the Boston Police Department's gang unit.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He didn't have no chance.

ANNOUNCER: For partners Manny Canuto and Dean Ruggio, two arrests and a gun off the streets are a good outcome. But there's still the threat of a gang feud looming in a neighborhood these cops will do just about anything to protect.

The fugitive unit is searching for a robbery suspect. Officers Mason and Joyce have a description to work with but no name.

MASON: We got a call from District Four. The detective, Joe Leeman, let me know that he was able to identify who this person was.

ANNOUNCER: Leeman, who had been working on the case before the fugitive unit, got a call from a confidential informant. Now they have the suspect's name, Victor Pameous (ph).

JOE LEEMAN, DETECTIVE: He's living at different shelters.

MASON: We're trying to see if you have more for us that can lead us in the right direction.

LEEMAN: When he came out of the store, he took a right on Wash, then a right on Lennox. So he either went to Lennox or Mission Hill. I mean, he's going to be in that area.

Take it easy, guys. MASON: Victor Pameous (ph) is in the midst of a robbery spree, so we're going to approach him with caution. You have to be able to look at someone's individual characteristics and be able to determine where they will be hiding.

ANNOUNCER: For the gang unit, the concern about retaliation is growing.

CANUTO: Something big is about to go down. If we don't stop it now, someone is going to die.

ANNOUNCER: Yesterday's shooting looks like it was a dispute between rival gangs on bordering territories. The NOB, the Norton Only Barry (ph) gang and the CVO, the Cape Verdean (ph) Outlaws.

CANUTO: That's literally, like, less than a block away from each other. And now tensions have grown between these two groups.

ANNOUNCER: When they're on their own turf, gang members don't usually hide. So a slow drive through familiar streets can almost serve as a roll call.

CANUTO: See him right there? Jeremy Gomez (ph)?


CANUTO: Every time someone gets shot, used to get shot in this area, his mother used to run up, "Is it Stefan?"

"No, not Stefan."

I've been dealing with Stefan Pyres for about seven years. I've seen him as a kid. I seen him grow up. You know, he just got wrapped up in a gang, being a gangster.

I look at a kid like Stefan Pyres, and I see myself. That could have easily been me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I want to see you moving. Change your angle, change your angle. Start shadow boxing. Finally 30. Shake it out. Go, go, go. Brendon, if you end with your right, move with your right. If you end with your left, move to your left. Owen, same thing.

TIM STANTON, DETECTIVE: My name's Tim Stanton, and I'm a detective from the Boston Police Department. I work out of area B-2, which encompasses the Roxbury neighborhood.

ANNOUNCER: Stanton works with youth boxers throughout the city of Boston.

STANTON: You know, it's a place where kids learn self-confidence, respect, sportsmanship. It makes them a stronger person. Not just physically, but mentally, as well.

GERARD BAILEY, LIEUTENANT, GANG UNIT: How are you doing? ANNOUNCER: Respect for Stanton's instructor runs high. Lieutenant Gerard Bailey, head of the gang unit, has brought his son Zach here to train. His first big fight is in two days.

STANTON: I'm not worried about the competition. That being said, we're not going to take anyone lightly. So let's make it happen.

When he extends his arms. Speed, speed, turn that hip over.

There you go, Zach. Get some water. Put an extension on that jab.

That's the thing. Keep them in the gym. They're not hanging on the corner in the park, where they can get in trouble.


CANUTO: I love Boston. I've lived and worked here all my life. My family is all here. My mother and father came here for a better life. My family actually lives right next door to me. My parents, my grandmother, they've been living in the same neighborhood for 31 years.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hang in here (ph).

CANUTO: I brought some clothes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I've got to do some dryer first.

CANUTO: The laundry, it's more than I thought. I've been busy at work. Like, I can't make it over, so sorry.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's OK, you know. Any thought about getting engaged or anything? No surprise yet?

CANUTO: You know. When the time is right.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So then I'm not going to raise grandkids in my old age?

CANUTO: You will, when the time is right, you will.

When the time is right.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Breaking news tonight. A deadly shooting inside a barbershop. Police are still on the hunt for the gunman.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This shooting happened around 7 p.m. this evening at the Universal Barbershop and Beauty Salon on Geneva Avenue. Police tell us the victim is a 20-year-old man who was shot and killed. He was dead by the time first responders got here just moments after the shooting.

ANNOUNCER: The next morning, the dead man's name hangs heavily over Manny and Dean. It was Stefan Pyres, the CVO gang member they spotted on the street just the day before.

RUGGIO: Actually, we were pulling up right now where the shooting took place last night. The barbershop right here.

It's sad just seeing young kids getting killed, especially me having two kids.

ANNOUNCER: Manny and Dean have seen these retaliation stories play out all too often. They worry it will only escalate from here.

CANUTO: There's people outside. All these boys. Slow down. I don't want to get shot at. Right here on the right. A bunch of his friends here.

When you see someone like you've been working with, you know, getting buried, it's emotional. I mean, you see the family, you see his friends. It affects you. After Stefan Pyres is murdered, homicide takes over the case.

In the meantime, you know, myself and Dean and other officers will hit the streets hard and let these kids know that this is not going to be tolerated.


ANNOUNCER: One night after gang member Stefan Pyres (ph) was shot to death in a barber shop, the Boston Police Departments flooded the streets of Dorchester and Roxbury.

STANTON: The gang unit will be doing warrant sweeps for anyone -- looking for anyone that's in violation of curfew, violation of parole.

ANNOUNCER: Tim Stanton, a 24-year veteran of the force, is leading tonight's sweep.

STANTON: Just as many bodies as they can, you know, take off the street, kind of quell the violence.

Why don't you step out of the car?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What's up, what's up?

ANNOUNCER: A little after sun rise, Manny Canuto and Dean Ruggio head back to the center of the conflict.

CANUTO: He's smoking weed. Stop. Let's scope it out.

RUGGIO: Watch how he's running. He's going inside.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What are (EXPLETIVE DELETED) running inside for? Why are you running inside?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just wait right here, wait right here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You ain't got nothing on you? You're smoking weed right in front of the door and then you're going to take off and run inside?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's going to run as soon as you see us? What's your name? Why are you putting yourself in this predicament to get arrested, man? You've got to stop smoking, man. You're only 17.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Smoking marijuana may not be a violent crime, but these guys are on NOB turf, so they may know something about the murder of CVO member Stefan Pyres (ph).

RUGGIO: Last night they had a kid shot in the head, boom.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn't even know about it until this morning.

RUGGIO: Do you want to be one of them?


RUGGIO: It's real. No coming back.

ANNOUNCER: The fugitive unit is waiting for their warrant. A go sign to take down their target, Victor Pameous (ph).

MASON: We have to try to identify people like this, impact players. It all comes down to the simple premise of community policing.

ANNOUNCER: Pameous's (ph) file reveals he's a career criminal. He's been involved with drugs, convicted of armed robbery and has served two bids in state prison.

JOYCE: Yes, just going through his booking pictures there, and this individual has multiple tattoos. Ryan, we're not going to be able to miss this guy; he's got a tattoo of Superman on his chest.

MASON: Yes, I saw it.

BRIAN ALBERT, SERGEANT, FUGITIVE UNIT: Ryan, how does that look?

MASON: As of yesterday, he had moved out. Whether it's his family or what not, there's a Victoria on the listing, and his name is Victor. The detective right now is at court getting the ticket.

ALBERT: OK. Did you print those yet? Can I take a peek at it?

JOYCE: He's all tatted up. He's got this one on his chest, though.

ALBERT: Can he fly?

JOYCE: He thinks he can.

ANNOUNCER: With the gang violence hitting home for Manny and Dean, they pick up a double-shift and head back out into the Boston night.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shots around the corner.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're on Dakota Street and we heard about 15 shots right in this area.

CANUTO: Dakota and Geneva.

When you hear a call for a person shot, I mean, you go from zero to 100. You're thinking about when you get there, how are you going to react, what are you going to see? Is someone already shot? Are you going to find someone with a firearm there? Sometimes it's just good to play it in your head and you kind of know what to expect and it kind of helps you out when you actually get there. But there are some things you just can't prepare for.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How many people are shot?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's another person there.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's another person over here.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Three shot. Right here. One more here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Another one caught one in the throat. Right in the throat.

All right. The ambulance is on its way, all right? The ambulance is on its way, all right? They're pulling up now. It's pulling up now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's all right. He's all right, ma'am. Ma'am, he's all right.

CANUTO: You see someone shot, everyone is hysterical, everyone's crying. You're trying to control the crowd. You're trying to not destroy the evidence.

There's one more over there, guys.

You know you've been shot in your shoulder and your waist?

He's been shot like three times.

Anyone else upstairs?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Anyone else in there? Boston Police!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No one was saying anything. They were right in fornt of that house, but --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Three people shot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Another dead over here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It doesn't look that good.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wonder if it's related to the thing earlier. (HYSTERICAL SCREAMS)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's my husband.




MANNY CANUTO, BOSTON PD: There's another person there. I think one of the guys said he was at the door and they just kept shooting.

It's a crime scene now. Homicide takes over and they do everything else here.

D ARAUJO, BOSTON PD: Want to head out?

CANUTO: Nothing we can do now.

ARAUJO: We're stuck right in the middle of a crime scene. You know, yesterday, today, man, the last couple of nights it's been busy. It's getting crazy.

NARRATOR: Cops like Manny and D do everything they can. But in these neighborhoods, when gangs are involved, the violence can seem inescapable.

CANUTO: Since I was a kid, my mom and dad always said that I loved everything about being a police officer. All my toys were police cars and my power wheel is a police motorcycle.

I wanted to do stuff for the community, do stuff to help out people. So, I think that's why I chose this job.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you remember when you first (INAUDIBLE) what I really asked you?

CANUTO: I remember, you sat me in front of your bed and said, is this what I really want?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I said, are you sure you want to be a Boston police? Then you said yes. I said, OK, that's what he wants to be, then God will deal with you.

We're so scared. We don't feel safe until you come home. I always look at the news what's going on and thinking about you. But then like I said again, we pray all the time for you.

CANUTO: In the Cape Verde community, being a police officer is a high position. They have a lot of respect for police officers. My family is happy for me that I have this job.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Manny is going a good job, because all those children, then you go to college and you come out they're still in the road. CANUTO: Nothing has changed for those kids yet. And that's why now as a police officer, when I deal with them at 14, 15 years old, sometimes I give them the same talk you used to give me. Listen, you're going to come back 15 years down the line and things are still going to be the same. Nothing is going to change.

You have to change it on your own. The world is not going to change for you. You need to change for yourself.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm so happy for you right now, the thing you do. (INAUDIBLE).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In the future, we like for you to get a nice wife because you deserve a nice wife.

CANUTO: Some day, some day. Some day, I'll bring home a nice wife.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: God be with you and bless you more. God bless you and give you courage. I raised him since he was a kid and I'm still raising this kid. He never left.


CANUTO: She took care of me since I was a kid.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Every day you leave I pray for you. God be with you.

CANUTO: They think they did it all, but it was mostly you. They helped out. You did most of the work.


NARRATOR: Tonight's fight night for Tim Stanton's youth boxing program.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Outstanding, outstanding job.

TIM STANTON, DETECTIVE: Boxers really do care about the community that they serve. They're willing to help that kid that's maybe on the fringe of being a gang member. Just that person that's down on their luck and give them their dignity back.

How about a round of applause on this two?

I just don't think people see that side of the police department enough.

NARRATOR: Today means a lot to the gang unit in particular, with Lieutenant Gerard Bailey's son Zach fighting on the card.

STANTON: When I first came on, there was some people that really taught me a lot about being a police officer. If there's some knowledge I can pass on to some of the younger officers to make the job go smoother for him, then I think it's hugely important to pass that on to them. What's up? Thanks for coming down.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, the back door, more towards the Pock (ph) Drive side, like that Ragle (ph) Street side.

NARRATOR: The next day, officers from the fugitive unit are staked out at the address where robbery suspect Victor Penas (ph) has been hiding.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It sounds like everybody else is, everybody else is over here.


RYAN MASON, OFFICER, FUGITIVE UNIT: When it is your squad that's running that case, you are quarterbacking that operation. And when you quarterback that operation, you need to put people strategically to be able to see this person.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think they've got him now. Going into that 3-4 black bike with black bag.

MASON: When Penas did come through the parking lot, we already had every single angle of the development covered. We had to move quickly. We had to move methodically.






UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's in custody.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Where are the needles?

MASON: We knew he was going to be going up to a certain floor.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have a warrant for your arrest, bro.

NARRATOR: After a string of armed robberies, Victor Penas has been brought in.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Any knives or guns or bazookas or anything like that?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, Danny, I can dot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You have some heroin in there? MASON: When we go to apprehend people, we try to show them professionalism and respect. People like Victor Penas, that's still someone's son, that's still someone's brother. He's still a human being.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, Dalian (ph). Hey, it's the police. How are you doing? We were just talking to Victor over here on the other side of the development, and he just wanted to tell you that -- what is it, your daughter? You have to pick up your daughter at school because he's going to be tied up for a little while.

He ended up getting arrested. Yes. OK? All right, bye.

We gave her a call. Don't worry, everything is going to be all right.

MASON: It is a good feeling. There's a sense of satisfaction. Into that community, you're sending a message this won't be tolerated.

NARRATOR: A string of gang-related shootings has the neighborhoods on edge. And the police worried about what might come next.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One-o-one, 11-01.



UNIDENTIIED MALE: One-one-one, 1100.

Mathus (ph)?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The wake is tonight for the kid from the 11th side, so be careful.

STANTON: It is the wake of one of the CVO members. He's one of the youngest CVO kids, Steffon Pyres (ph). Intel says that a lot of the older CVO members are going to be in town.

Tensions could be high, emotions could be high. So they could be floating around on this side, which is their rivals, if you will. They've been trading shots for the past couple of weeks now. And a couple of bodies have fallen. So we're going to monitor the area. Just kind of make sure there's no opportunity for them to strike tonight and see what happens.

CANUTO: This is the wake on the right. We're here to gain intel on cars and see who attends the services and who is driving by the services. You've got these younger kids growing up and they're pissed off and if they know who is responsible, they'll take it out on them after the wake.

NARRATOR: Manny and D know the most important characters to track, like his Steffon Pyres best friend, Jeremy Gomes (ph).

ARAUJO: If you see Jeremy, let him go in, at least you got an idea that they're up to no good.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just saw that car Jeremy usually drives taking off from the back of the church.

CANUTO: If you want to let the other guys know if you're still around, just let them know to be on the lookout for that car, because it did leave early. There's we have to no good.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Charlie tango, 5-5.

CANUTO: Yes, the red car.

ARAUJO: Who is this vehicle right here?

CANUTO: What is it, four-door or two-door?

It comes back to Jeremy Gomes.

ARAUJO: Pull it over, will you?

CANUTO: Take us off of Coleman and Quincy, (INAUDIBLE) 291.

NARRATOR: The corner of Coleman and Quincy Street is the heart of NOB turf. Not a place that CVO member like Jeremy Gomes would usually be.


Let me see your ID. Jeremy, where is your registration?

CANUTO: The car is wreaking of weed. The kid in the back was moving around a lot.


CANUTO: Jeremy, come back here for a second. Come here.

NARRATOR: Everyone handles what's at stake.

CANUTO: I'm sorry about your loss, all right? It sucks but you guys need to figure out the solutions, man. You know what I'm saying? This here, man, there's other ways of --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know what to say. As long as you don't break my boundaries.


CANUTO: We was just telling, Jeremy, man. This whole thing, man, I'm not talking about a police perspective, I'm talking about just in general. This thing needs to stop.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not even high. CANUTO: OK. I haven't see you out there. But, listen, all right, Steffon never disrespected me. We're tired of see this cycle, man. It's been going on for years and years.

ARAUJO: It's getting old, too. The whole thing is like when is it going to stop? When are you going to realize, you know, enough is enough? I'm getting old. This (EXPLETIVE DELETED) is --


ARAUJO: I don't think that's ever going to happen. You guys, we just to help.

CANUTO: Take care, man. Stay out of trouble.


MASON: We try to talk to these kids and try to show them that there's more to life than just gang banging and selling drugs and shooting each other. I mean, they're doing all this pretty much over nothing. Even the biggest gang bangers will tell you, this is not the life they chose. It just came about them. So when you hear things like that, you might have to work harder with one individual than another individual.

ARAUJO: I want to see if they tossed anything out of the window.

CANUTO: Timmy, what's up? They're done with the wake. We actually just stopped a car with a few of them, Jeremy Gomes, yes. You want to meet me by Hamilton and Coleman? We're here right now. Hamilton and Coleman. OK, all right.

ARAUJO: What is it?

CANUTO: Timmy Stanton is coming by real quick. He wants to meet up.

STANTON: There they are right there.

What's going on?

CANUTO: A lot of police showed up. It's pretty busy. These kids are heated.

NARRATOR: That's after 24 years on the force, Tim Stanton knows his way around a gang feud. Nights like tonight give him a chance to remind younger cops like Manny and D what to look out for.

STANTON: On the other side, tensions are high. Obviously they got eyes on deck. That's down (ph) for that side, you know what I mean? So, be careful out there. I got to think they're going to be low key tonight.

CANUTO: They know we're out here.

STANTON: They know we're deep. But the funeral is tomorrow.

CANUTO: Tomorrow morning, yes.

NARRATOR: Tomorrow, Steffon Pyres' funeral poses even more risks. Manny and D will be there to keep the up easy peace.




NARRATOR: The Boston Police Department prides itself on preventing crime, not just responding to it. That's why on a morning like this, the morning of Steffon Pyre's funeral, Manny, D and a group of cops begin their shift with some local kids to set a positive tone for a dangerous day.

CANUTO: For them to see a Cape Verdean officer speaking to them, they feel comfortable. They like it when we do it. They're excited about us going there.

NARRATOR: And after a week of violence in Roxbury and Dorchester, conversations with the kids are also essential.

CANUTO: All right, guys, how are you doing?


CANUTO: You guys had a good time out there?


CANUTO: Especially after you guys beat us.


CANUTO: How many times have we beaten you before?


CANUTO: One time? We'll leave it at that.

There's a lot of kids now doing the right thing. It's great.

What time did you get up this morning?


CANUTO: You know what time I got up this morning?


CANUTO: That's it for start (ph)?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have to wake up and think every day (ph).

CANUTO: But then there's the ones that are at that fork in the road, kind of like I was hen I got out of high school. We try to talk to these kids and try to show them that there's more to life than just gang banging and selling drugs and shooting each other.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My friends are like, come on, you want to risk your life? You get people

CANUOT: In life, you make a decision based on what you want to do. Don't ever listen to someone else. You do what's right for you.

We try to let them know that you can do a lot for yourself if you put your mind to it. Just sometimes they don't and they end up dead.

NARRATOR: The day will pass without any more shots being fired by gang members. For the Boston Police Department, it's a small victory in a long struggle. And for two cops who have lived in this city virtually their entire lives, it's a glimmer of hope amid reminders of just how much there is to protect.


ARAUJO: As a parent, I have two kids, trying to do the best for them. And then suddenly someone would just take their life away, it's tough.



LEMON: I'm Don Lemon with a look at your headlines. President Obama has asked Congress to authorize military action against Syria. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold public hearings starting Tuesday.

The strikes that once seemed certain have now been delayed. Here is CNN's Barbara Starr.

STARR: President Obama still has a military option on the table. Five U.S. Navy warships remain in the eastern Mediterranean. Each with about 40 of those tomahawk cruise missiles on board ready to strike if and when the president orders.