(SL) – I’m with DL Hughley. They found Tom Brady’s jersey but these little girls are have been disappearing left and right and their just now starting to highlight it?
As of Thursday, over a dozen District teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18, are missing. But the numbers are much larger than that.
The AP’s Jesse J. Holland reports, the District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.
Black members of Congress are calling for the Justice Department to help police investigate a large number of missing children in Washington, D.C.
The letter, dated Tuesday and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, was sent by Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District in Congress.
They called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”
“Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” Richmond’s letter said. Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, said that despite the assurances from police, it was alarming for so many children to go missing around the same time.
On Tuesday night, she noted, her group had four reports of missing children and only one had been found. “We can’t focus on the numbers. If we have one missing child, that’s one too many,” Wilson said.
Wilson said she is concerned about whether human trafficking is a factor, citing the case of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who has been missing since she vanished from a city homeless shelter in 2014.
A janitor who worked at the shelter was found dead of apparent suicide during the search for the girl.
“They prey on the homeless, they prey on low income children, they prey on the runaways, they prey online,” Wilson said.