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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Gory Prince George's: Identify the cause, don’t justify the problem (Gazette editorial)

Identify the cause, don’t justify the problem
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005
Melvin C. High, the Prince George’s County police chief, says he has a plan to attack crime in the county. More arrests, more community involvement and officers focused in hotspots.

What he cannot — or will not — tell you is why crime is rising in Prince George’s County.

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In our interview, High had a lot of repairs in mind, but didn’t seem to know what he was fixing.

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The chief also argued that the crime rate in Prince George’s isn’t as bad as it seems when put in context. That is ridiculous. There is no context that can make this problem look better.

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He said it is wrong to compare our county to the District, where the population has dropped.

However, he must have overlooked Montgomery County, where the population is 921,690. There have been 12 murders so far in Montgomery County. There were 14 homicides for all of last year.

Prince George’s County has a population of 842,967. Our murder rate is 10 times higher than our neighbor’s.

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