CNN reported that so far in 2017, The D.C. Police Department recorded over 500 cases of missing children, therefore D.C’s lawmakers are calling for a federal investigation concerning if the nation’s capital police department are doing their job in putting interests in finding missing people, mostly African-American girls.
In Washington, the power of the media and Amber Alerts are used to spread news that a child is missing, however it wasn’t effective enough according to New York Times.
Time News reported that the DC City Councilmember Trayon White said in an interview, “What the community is alarmed about, we had a 10-year-old girl missing the other day, but there was no Amber Alert,” White said. “We just feel like, you know, if this was a white person or from another neighborhood, there would be more alarm about it.”
“I think the outcry is that the community didn’t realize this was such a huge issue,” said Wilson, of the Black and Missing Foundation. “The fact of the matter is this has been going on for years.” reported to CBS News.
The whole situation over missing children in Washington, D.C. has left residents east of the Anacostia River questioning why it took so long for people to recognize there was a problem, according to Washington Times.
“We’ve just been posting them on social media more often,” said Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Rachel Reid in NBC Washington News.
NBC Washington News reported that the increased social media attention has caused alertness in D.C, which has a large number of missing people.
“This is a prime example of how a lot of young people in our city, especially east of the river, have been suffering in silence,” said Markus Batchelor, a resident of Congress Heights in Southeast Washington.
The New York Times reported that Muriel Bowser, D.C.’s mayor said that there will be more police officers to find the missing children, and establish solutions to determine what social services families might need.