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CHICAGO (AP) — The leader of an organization that tries to defuse street violence says the videotaped beating death of a Chicago student has led to positive changes by city leaders and police.

CHICAGO (AP) — The leader of an organization that tries to defuse street violence says the videotaped beating death of a Chicago student has led to positive changes by city leaders and police.

But Tio Hardiman says much still has to be done to protect school children. Hardiman is director of CeaseFire Illinois, whose members intervene in disputes among young people.

Hardiman says police have done a good job reaching out to students at some schools since 16-year-old Fenger High School student Derrion Albert was beaten to death in 2009.

But Hardiman says more schools and neighborhoods need attention, and more community members should be trained to help stop violence and help police.

Hardiman made his comments Monday, when the last suspect convicted in Albert’s death was sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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