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New Surge in Crime Fueled By Violent Juvenile Offenders

AMAC Exclusive – by Shane Harris

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Over the past year, crime rates have spiked throughout the country, particularly in densely populated urban areas like Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City. Last summer’s spree of violent riots and looting seems to have gradually given way to an disconcerting new normal of blatant criminal activity in places like San Francisco, where thieves rob stores in broad daylight without fear of reprisal. But while any rise in crime is alarming, this latest surge is particularly disturbing because it appears to be significantly driven by juveniles, with high school and even middle school-aged kids committing crimes usually perpetrated by hardened criminals.

The trend is perhaps most clearly seen through the rise in carjackings, which have soared in nearly every major city. In Washington, D.C., the number of carjackings was up nearly 74% as of earlier this summer. In one shocking example from the nation’s capital this past June, bystanders captured footage of an incident where two girls aged just 15 and 13 attempted to steal a car from the Navy Yard area of the city, normally a relatively safe neighborhood, in the middle of the afternoon. The two teens attempted to use a stun gun on the driver of the car, a Pakistani immigrant named Mohammed Anwar. In the ensuing struggle, the vehicle accelerated, hitting several trees and parked cars before flipping over and killing Mr. Anwar.

More recently, D.C. police arrested a pair of 13-year old boys in connection with a string of armed carjackings, alleging that the teens repeatedly threatened drivers with a firearm. The problem has gotten so bad that metro PD has even deployed “bait cars” in an attempt to catch repeat teen offenders.

It’s even worse in Chicago, with total carjackings surpassing 1,000 as of late August after the city saw 1,400 carjackings in 2020. According to one officer on the Chicago Police Department’s vehicular hijacking task force, the average age for carjackers in the city is between 14 and 25. In one tragic incident from Chicago earlier this year, a 65 year-old retired firefighter was shot dead in broad daylight by four individuals attempting to steal his car. The youngest person charged in that crime was just 15 years old.

Similar stories have played out in other major cities throughout the country. In New Orleans, auto thefts are up 173% since 2019. As late as May of this year, Minneapolis was averaging one carjacking per day.

In some cases, stolen cars have been used to commit other crimes, and are one indication of a rise in violent juvenile crime generally. In New Britain, Connecticut, for example, one 17 year-old stole a car before killing a jogger in a hit-and-run. When police arrested the suspect, they found that he had been arrested 13 times in the past three and a half years – a startling escalation that has led some communities to rethink punishments for juvenile offenders.

Teen carjackings aren’t the only crime that has been on the rise recently, either. Just this week, police arrested two teens aged 15 and 16 in connection with the murder of a 16 year-old girl in Lafayette, Louisiana, three teenagers in Trenton, New Jersey involved in non-fatal shootings, and two 16 year-old boys seen fleeing the scene of a shooting in Memphis, Tennessee. The list goes on.

Exact numbers on just how many crimes are committed by juveniles are difficult to establish, as such data is often shielded by state and local officials, and privacy laws for persons under the age of 18 prevent such information from being readily available. However, comments from law enforcement on the ground in affected cities and experts in the field of criminal justice are telling, and perhaps provide some insight as to the causes for the apparent rise in juvenile crime.

Earlier this year, for example, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a think tank focused on law enforcement issues throughout the country, cited COVID-related school closures as a potential reason for the spike, telling the Washington Post that “with many schools closed for in-person education, school-aged youths with free time — some as young as 12-15 — are committing a large portion of the increase in carjackings.” In Chicago, Vondale Singleton, the founder of a program dedicated to helping at-risk youth through extracurricular programs, also cited pandemic closures as a potential cause for the increases in youth crime in a comment to NPR, saying, “When they’re in our care, we don’t have or see these incidents of violence of crime or disrespect because we know how to treat these young men; we know how to educate and talk [with them].”

While it may seem a poor excuse to break the law, pandemic-induced boredom is likely a real contributor to rising youth crime. Without the structure of school, sports, and in-person programs to keep kids occupied, many young people, especially those in high-risk situations, have turned to crime as a source of entertainment. One Baltimore police officer described stealing cars as a sort of “sport” among local teens. In Chicago, a teen carjacker admitted that he first got the idea to steal cars after playing the popular video game Grand Theft Auto. This phenomenon often leaves kids from low-income families, whose parents often have to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet, going for long periods of time without any adult supervision or guidance, only adding to the likelihood that they become involved in criminal activity.

Local law enforcement officials have additionally pointed to a breakdown in the juvenile criminal justice system as a catalyst for rising numbers of youth offenders, describing how young people no longer fear punishment for crimes thanks to lax sentencing guidelines implemented in recent years and covid restrictions forcing courts and juvenile correctional facilities to release many inmates early. In Connecticut, for example, former Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy lowered the maximum sentence for juveniles from 36 months to 18 months, even as he raised the juvenile age from 16 to 18. Predictably, youth crime rates soared. A similar pattern has played out in other Democrat-controlled states and cities as well. As the top police official in New Orleans put it, “the wheels of justice just aren’t moving like they did pre-covid.”

In the absence of any coordinated effort from the Biden administration to combat or even commission a study on the youth crime epidemic, some local communities have tried to find solutions on their own. In Rocky Hill, Connecticut, local leaders launched a petition last month calling for a special session of the state legislature to address juvenile crime. Two police departments close to the community also created a joint task force to examine the issue and work together to catch offenders. However, the Democratic-controlled Connecticut legislature declined to address the issue in a special session last week.

While most of the national media by and large appear reluctant to report on the issue thus far, there is little doubt that communities large and small throughout the country are concerned. The energy and spirit of America’s youth will be critical in helping the country fully recover from covid, face down economic hardship, and address the litany of other crises looming on the horizon, and people are accordingly right to fear losing an entire generation of young people to a culture of violence and crime. Whatever the underlying causes that are contributing to the evident rise in youth crime, political and community leaders have a responsibility to address the issue and provide these troubled kids the help they need – lest they become their next victims.

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Garye
1 month ago

Here, let’s take the useless,failed liberal democrats approach…….
Allow chaos and crime, then create safe zones( sanctuary cuties) where the vermin can populate,with the added benefit of not prosecuting the
Criminals!!!
It’s absurd and actually encourages law breaking!
Also work to defund the police who are protecting Citizens from these punks!
Throw these losers out if office!
Any politician or city officials supporting this must go!

Eduardo
1 month ago

I know that the plan of leftists works. Do we have a plan??

Eduardo
1 month ago

We have choices. Smith and Wesson, Winchester, Colt, etc. They started the disorder to make it a crisis. Then they will “solve” the problem by taking away and prohibiting weapons. In the end the “government” will be the only one with the right to bear arms. Typical in every Communist country. We are close to being “every man for himself”.

Gunrunner
1 month ago

Doesn’t matter what the age, when people become animals, they need to be dealt with… severely… These “Children” are no longer children, and must be treated like they were the adults they emulate! It’s only fair to Society, as a whole, and their victims, in particular…

Charles Nolan
1 month ago

When hated socialists disarm the people that they fear will turn on them, when socialist promises are proven to be lies, the criminals see little risk in terrorizing the disarmed public. The socialists then claim the high crime rate justifies ending freedom of speech and freedom of association. Riots are okay, but church services are super spreaders. The Chinese and the Democrats thank the Devil for helping them develop COVID. These are the Devil’s children with no sense of right and wrong, only their personal wealth and power.

In safer and saner times, armed citizens frequently terminated criminals and provided armed backup to law enforcement. Hanging of violent criminals was effective, as the dead do not re-offend, and a sign placed on the swinging body would point out the crime that earned this trip to the gallows. Even the retarded could understand why a person might be hung. You rob and kill and you end up on the end of a rope, if you survive the arrest.

Magali
1 month ago

Note that major networks are no longer airing the hyperviolent “Purge” movies Hollywood puts out, disingenuously claiming they protest violence… But the damage is done. Research from ’50’s onward suppirts the observation that behavior is influenced by what kids view on tv. And now masses of kids are also disinhibited to violence by violent video games

Jeff T.
1 month ago

Odd….why must you insert race into this? This crime spree is NOT race specific!!!! Are you all suffering from cranial rectitude?FULL STOP: Of all the comments I read, not even one said anything about “respect” nor “self-respect” but, most of you are quick to insert race and, by doing so, you’re simply furthering the racial narrative. To wit, you’re helping the enemy win. Not even one race has cornered the AS__OLE market so STOP making excuses for others bad behavior,behavior, YOUR PART- help neighbor/random stranger in need, carry yourselves proudly with self-respect, if examples of bad behavior and spread/rub off then so too can examples of good and positive behaviorPlease, STOP CONFUSING THE PROBLEM VIA INSERTING RACE..RACE US NOT NOW NOR EVER WILL IT BE THE PROBLEMS WE THE PEOPLE FACE but,, if you continue stoking the race narrative same will only aid those who seek to “Fundamentally CHANGE AMERICA” I have to say, other than having voter block, mist Democrats don’t give a da_n about “minorities” and, why don’t people know that Democrats were the Party of Slavery and Democrats fought vociferously against the Civil Rights Act and the Republican party supported oh, and Martin Luthe King Jr. was a proud member of the Republican party….STOP inserting RACE ir YOU WILL keep their narrative alive thus perpetuating division that leads only to our doom.

Dave Smith
1 month ago

When you’ve lived a life of “oppression” by receiving monthly handouts from your master, the government, you feel entitled to take and do anything you want because you have the ultimate ‘Get out of jail free’ card…you get to whine racism to brain dead liberals and they surround and protect you! What an inherently racist country America must be to turn a blind eye to all the crime being committed daily in the streets…yeah right! But then there’s the carryovers to other ethnicities who’ve watched one group get away with everything so now their brain dead pathetic minds (thanks to a worthless school system!) think it’s a good way of life. Go ahead, call me a racist and whatever terms make you feel better about thinking the exact same things but lacking a spine to say them or write them down, I really don’t care. But know this about me, garbage is garbage no matter the skin color, sex, religion, country of birth or any of the other differences we ALL share! None of us control those things but we have total control over what we say and do and should be held responsible for them! This started in the 1960s when people ensured (and rightly so!) civic rights were finally made equal by law but completely ignored the FACT that rights and RESPONSIBILITY go hand in hand! You can not have one without the other! It breeds the infestation destroying this nation!

Eduardo
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Smith

Mr. Smith is totally right. I see his point. Those slogans about racism are stupid and evil. Life is colorless and what truly matters is what you do with your life. Can anyone dig deeper for a better bottom line??

Chuck
1 month ago

Where in H… are the likes of LeBron James…..besides just complaining about racial injustice??? What is he – and other “role models” (ha) … doing to help set the pace for positive change????

Bruce P
1 month ago
Reply to  Chuck

Media wouldn’t show solutions if these people even had them. They only want “dirty laundry”. If it’s true then it’s not on their agenda.

Garye
1 month ago

Sad to say this is exactly what the useless democrats, their far left communist party members asked for.
Lawlessness, defund the police,release law breakers, set up sanctuary cities to hide criminals, release prisoners, allow illegals to overrun America!
There you go the FAILED democrat politicians and policies DESTROYING America!!
Who voted for these LOSERS???

Charles Nolan
1 month ago
Reply to  Garye

The media talked them into voting against Trump. Very few voted for Sleepy Joe. I suspect many would have preferred he slept through his first term, based on the carnage that we see today.

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Nolan

Ha,ha,ha, Charles that hilarious!
And True!

JJ Johnson-Smith
1 month ago

WHERE are the parents? No, most of them are NOT working. These violence spikes are primarily in low-income and Black communities, where many parents are unmarried and receiving assistance. Whatever they’re doing with their time, it isn’t keeping track of their kids! Start giving parents of minor children their OWN punishments for what the kids do, and you WILL see the crime rates decrease!

Garye
1 month ago

JJ.
Right you are!!

David
1 month ago

This is the George Soros effect, destroy the criminal justice system from the inside to create as much chaos in the cities as possible.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  David

Defund police & what do you think will happen?

radmat
1 month ago

and the racial breakdown of these young criminals is? No one wants to address the elephant in the room.

Robert K
1 month ago

Most of it is juvenile BLACK crime ! The word BLACK always seems to be omitted in the last few years until you see photos or videos.

Charles Nolan
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert K

In the movie Death Wish, the vigilante suggested recruiting 100,000 white muggers to racially balance the prison population in New York. Biden has shown us that the problem is that Whites and Asians do not commit their fair share of violent crime, though they do tend to pay more than a fair share of taxes. The more you work the more you pay, and the less you work the more the government pays you.

Eduardo
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Nolan

They call communist countries “the workers paradise”. I know first hand it’s really the paradise of the lazies. Many of those agitators of today are really hopping for a power position when they win normally it’s enough as a henchman. Their motto is “hate everyone that’s better than me”.

Jim Jolly
1 month ago

These Democratic govenors and DA’s need to pull their heads out of their a$$. California has ruled shop lifting not a crime, breaking and entering not a crime so congratulations to those who voted Newsom back in. The crime will come to you because you are where the money is

Charles Nolan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Jolly

Before you blame the people of California, look at the role of the social media and the evil press in brain washing people. Do you think that a few trusted unionized poll workers made sure enough against the recall ballots were counted to determine the out come of the phony election?

Ken
1 month ago

That’s because the youth of today are so f*cked up. A very sad situation.

Mary Ann Siek
1 month ago

Yeah let’s defund the police! What a bunch of idiots want that.

Sallo
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary Ann Siek

Let’s defund the “prosecutors”! They are sitting there, collecting a salary, and letting the offenders go free, time after time. My sister just mentioned in Madison, WI there were 20 car windows broken out the other day–and NOT in a “bad” part of town; police arrest, they go free. Cops said one had stolen cars a dozen times!

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

“Homes” w/o fathers – 90% – this is the result.

oren
1 month ago

slap on the wrist judges, 85%.

ShellzNcheez
1 month ago
Reply to  oren

Godlessness, 100%

Garye
1 month ago

Another democrat policy platform, destroy the family!!

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Garye

That was also a goal of Communist party in 1950s. And makes me wonder.

Bill
1 month ago

The Democrats caused this by trying to install socialism, creating a same gender society, denying slavery, removing statues, eliminating the Real History of Our Country, wanting to De-Fund the Police, open borders creating a free for all. The youth really does not have a clear direction. The Dems are also paying demonstrators especially the young.

john
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

LOW-IQ/LOW-info o-BOZO-phone gimme-datz 1-parent so-called households, in sheet-whole DEMON-RAT NOT-run POS CRIME-INFESTED cities, with ‘no-teeth’ prosecutors, mayors & city councils + anti-BLUE policies & COMMIE teachers/school boards, are the DOWNFALL of the USA ! ! ! ! !

Jeff T.
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

And all hell breaks loose, they think they will be in charge? When a society seeks to erase History and they achieve same they are condemned to repeat/relive the horror of their past but, it would be exponentially more tragic today. We must pray!!!

Bob
1 month ago

That is totally a parenting problem. Those children haven’t ever been taught respect or citizenship and that is the fault of the “deadbeat” parent. Don’t give me that poor black child raised by a single parent baloney because I saw a single black mother slap the doggy do out of her teenage son on National television. If the parent isn’t physically able to do that then some liberal Judge don’t need to feel good a decision. Life is rough, really rough if you do stupid sh$%.

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