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Brother Of Slain City Councilman Holds Hunger Strike To Stop Gun Violence

Councilman James Davis Was Killed By Political Rival In 2003
Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey Davis is holding a hunger strike outside City Hall to stop gun violence. His brother, James Davis, was shot and killed in City Council chambers 10 years ago. (Credit: Stan Brooks/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was nearly 10 years ago – July 23, 2003 – when Brooklyn City Councilman James Davis brought a political rival to a council meeting at City Hall, and then was shot dead by the man in front of schoolchildren and a chamber full of government leaders.

As 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported Tuesday, the councilman’s brother, Geoffrey Davis, has begun a 10-day hunger strike outside City Hall to demand an end to all gun violence.

“Too many guns all over the country. We’ve got to do something to address this gun violence that’s taking place in our community,” he said. “People are signing the petition, and everybody’s on the same page, and we’ve got to do something. Now is the time.”

Geoffrey Davis said is also planning a special memorial service for his brother at City Hall on July 23.

James Davis served as an NYPD officer and correction officer before being elected to the 35th District seat in 2001. He brought political rival Othniel Askew to the meeting as a guest, but Askew ended up firing 14 shots from the balcony and striking Davis twice in the chest, CBS News reported.

Askew was shot and killed by a plainclothes police officer who returned fire.

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