Can Citizens Stop Gang Violence Themselves?

Andrew O'Hehir reviews The Interrupters, a new documentary from director Steve James of Hoop Dreams fame:

If law-and-order conservatives seek to address crime with stiffer sentences and ever more prison cells, which cosmetically reduce crime statistics at the cost of long-term social devastation, liberals often insist that nothing can be done about crime unless something else — unemployment or inequality of education or the fractured African-American family — gets fixed first. CeaseFire essentially takes the position that violence is both a cause and a symptom of social dysfunction, and that every time Matthews or Williams or Bocanegra gets in somebody's face and stops a shooting, it's another step toward a more normal society.

PBS's "Art Beat" interviews Steve James and interrupter Ameena Matthews.