Haitian Police Struggle to Combat Gang Violence

BY Lauren Knapp and Kwame and Holman  January 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM EDT

When last year’s earthquake struck Haiti, more than 4,000 inmates escaped from prison. They easily slipped into the streets of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, hiding in the city’s slums and tent cities. A crippled police force found themselves once again losing a battle against gang leaders for control of the city, one they had previously been winning.

In Tuesday’s Frontline documentary, “Battle for Haiti”, producer Dan Reed tells the story of Haiti’s earthquake through the perspective of both the police and escaped prisoners, many of whom say they were wrongly imprisoned and have not been heard in court.

Kwame Holman talks with Dan Reed about the film:

Watch a preview of “Battle for Haiti”: