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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Re: homicides might break record

(Posted November 13, 2005)

To: PG-Politics@yahoogroups.com
From: "Edward Terry"
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005
Subject: Re: homicides might break record

A few reflections on the Washington Post article about today's murder rate

First, we have already exceeded the County record. The statistics cited are provided from the County Police. These numbers do not include crimes committed within municipalities with their own police force and in county parks or the BW Parkway (where the NCPPC Park Police or US Park Police have jurisdiction.) While there are relatively few crimes in these towns and parks, the grand total now exceeds the 1991 total.

Second - an more importantly - is where is the outcry? Remember the sniper shootings around the entire metropolitan region? What were the odds of being a victim of the Malvo's? Yet, how many of you were fearful of being a victim? We are averaging a murder every other day - just in this county.

Are we fearful? It there a high-profile task force taking the lead in curbing murders? What is the magic number of dead bodies required before the County Executive pulls his head out of the sand?

There is no loud cry of outrage - simply a soft sign of resignation. Those foolish youths, says the police chief shaking his head. Pass the doughnuts.

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