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Fathers Day: Celebrating dads who have lost their sons to police, gun violence

JA'PETH TOULSON Special to the AmNews | 4/16/2013, 4:34 p.m.
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Shakur has encouraged his community to take pictures and record videos of police violence, a community tactic he calls "video patrol."

Shakur, who recalled how he spent time in prison and missed some time he could have spent with Bryant, said the actions of the police influenced him to join Nu-Voters, a movement to address the political, economical, educational, social and spiritual conditions of the community. Shakur also wants guns out of his community and said it is important for parents to become involved with their child's progress and the political process.

"I wish I could have been there a little bit more for him," Shakur said, encouraging fathers to take responsibility, trying to send a message to the youth on how to be responsible men.

As for police violence, Shakur said nothing has changed and parents must fight for their children and keep them out of the prison system by educating them. Similarly, Foye acknowledged that while gun violence will never stop, parents should be more proactive in their child's life.

"To see everyone else and fathers with their children, I would hope that they take it serious and spend every moment and love their children," said Foye. "I'm just going to continue to work and do what I can for the children of the future and just provide what I can in my son's name and pretty much take on his legacy as mine."