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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Gory Prince George's: Bullets Keep Flying (Post Editorial)

(Posted December 7, 2005)
"Bullets Keep Flying"
Post, December 7, 2005 (Editorial)
. . . Police Chief Melvin C. High may think he's doing a grand job of fighting crime -- that's what he keeps saying -- but the evidence isn't there. . . . At least now Chief High has stopped blaming the rank-and-file officers, as he did over the summer. He and County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) have yet to hold themselves accountable for any failings, and calling members of the force slackers hardly boosted morale. . . . Mr. Johnson is belatedly seeking to hire more officers, but competition is stiff and the violence in Prince George's is less than alluring. . . . Is there a sense of urgency? Attributing the soaring violence to population shifts, increased drug abuse and the growth of gangs may explain some of the law enforcement problems, but it doesn't fix them. . . . the chief's apparent satisfaction with his plans -- and Mr. Johnson's apparent satisfaction with the chief -- are not reassuring. . . . Prince George's is still experiencing signs of vitality, economic development and attractive, stable new neighborhoods. The good life in the county must not be jeopardized by seemingly unbridled violence. Prince George's needs and deserves a happier new year. [Full editorial]

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