'This is not us against them'

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, second from right, speaks with moderator Skipp Townsend, standing, of the Southern California Cease Fire Committee, at a community forum. "This is not us against them," Townsend told the crowd. Townsend is a former gang banger who now works with the department in crime-prevention efforts. "We're going to be together, whether we like it or not," he said. "This is like a marriage."
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