After Youth Killings, Detroit Mayor Says, “We Just Cannot Stand Idly By”


In Detroit, a 9-month-old boy was killed by gunfire, a boy, 14, is accused of killing his sister, and a boy, 6, was shot in an attempted carjacking, says the Detroit Free Press. The city is experiencing a 25 percent increase in homicides so far this year over last year. The madness, officials say, has got to stop. “We just cannot stand idly by and accept this,” said a visibly frustrated Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. “We have to be enraged at this point.”

Detroiters need to become better parents, he stressed. “When you’ve got parents afraid of their kids, you know you have not done a good job as a parent,” Bing said. “You need to start disciplining those young people when they come out of the womb.” The carjacking suspects are two 15-year-olds, who will be charged as adults. “They were on a carjacking spree. Those are serious crimes. These are not juvenile pranks,” said Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr., had just returned from the funeral for a 9-month-old boy who was shot in his home last week.

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