A voice of experience: Ex-gang member helps lead fight against Omaha violence
Chevist Johnson, the Omaha Police Department's gang specialist, plays “The Talking, Feeling and Doing Game” on Tuesday with sixth-graders, from left, Trey'Mar Lindsay, Tony McGlon and Ronnie Colvin at Hartman Elementary. Johnson has been so successful that the city recently hired a second gang specialist.
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:00 am
Updated: 1:30 am, Fri Aug 22, 2014.
A valuable tool in the Omaha Police Department's fight against gangs is sitting at a table in the principal's office with three sixth-graders, sorting out board game pieces.
Chevist Johnson chats with the boys about their weekend plans and their worries over remembering locker combinations when they graduate to middle school. He gently teases the most talkative kid in the bunch about interrupting his buddies and praises another who reports getting a perfect test score.
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Friday, April 18, 2014 12:00 am.
Updated: 1:30 am.