“The Baddest Dog in Harlem” is a short story written by Walter Dean Myers. The short story is about the harsh reality and environment in Harlem, which often results in shootings and other crimes.
The author who wrote the short story lives in Harlem himself and the short story is thus written from his point of view, the first-person narrative.
An example of this can be seen in (p. 22 l. 7-8) in which the author has chosen to use ‘I' instead of a name: “I tried to turn around, and they gave me a push in the small of the back, but I saw (…)”
Firstly, we see that the author has chosen to write the short story in the first person. Secondly, this may mean that the author himself has experienced this before: he tells a story of a life in Harlem.