On Tuesday, members of the Prince George’s County Council encouraged young people to attend a legislative meeting to address crime prevention and the concerning increase in carjackings. While homicides involving minors have decreased, other types of violence have increased.
According to Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz,“Carjackings is perplexing and challenging to all of us, and it’s been on the rise,” As of this writing, 26 juveniles have been apprehended and charged with carjackings, compared to 117 juveniles who were charged as adults in carjackings in 2017.
Aisha Braveboy, the state’s attorney, converted the Council chambers into a mock classroom by presenting a mock carjacking scenario involving three juveniles. One of them was the driver, and they never got out of the car, but they were still apprehended.
The news that all three will be charged as adults came as a shock to most people in the room.
“And you can serve up to 30 years in prison,” Braveboy said. “That’s the reality. And so, you will do a mandatory, if you have a weapon, five years.”
They also discussed the many county activities, from sports to law enforcement vocations, that provide an avenue away from the potential pitfalls that could lead to a conspiracy accusation. Yet the younger generation must accept them.
“There are students in our generation who don’t like talking to the police,” Oxon Hill High School student Kynnedi Sheppard said. She suggested that engaging in new types of encounters could help combat the problem of stereotyping.
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“If we can both meet each other halfway, as the sheriff said, I feel like I will be able to overcome that fear of talking to the police,” she said. Abuse and poverty in the home are two examples of the kinds of things that can contribute to criminal behavior.
Student Takeover Day, a full day of student participation in county government, included the debate in the Council chambers. Discussions at later meetings included a wide range of topics, from trash to pay to growth.
“All the adults were engaged with everybody, and I feel like a lot of students took a lot of information from this,” Oxon Hill High School student Theona Mkam said.
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