An Irritated Birmingham City Councilor Defends Anti-Violence Program, After Questions From Colleague

By Ryan Michaels

The Birmingham Times

An irritated LaTonya Tate, who chairs Public Safety for the Birmingham City Council, on Tuesday, urged her colleagues to familiarize themselves with the city’s steps to reduce violence after questions were raised about a program in place to provide services for gunshot victims.

The program, called Violence Intervention and Prevention Partners, or VIP2, provides specialists who monitor gun violence survivors over time and coordinates with the outpatient clinical team for follow-up once the patient is discharged.

Councilor J.T. Moore, who asked for a general rundown of the program, said the “challenging part” with the program is that it can only address people after they have been shot.