Lawless streets must be taken back by
By Bill O’Reilly Oct. 6,
Charlie Young had something common with most of us. He was an American citizen
entitled to basic freedoms, including the pursuit of happiness. But Charlie’s
pursuit was cut short last week when 16 boys between the ages of 10-18 savagely
beat him to death in a Milwaukee neighborhood called "little
Charlie Young's fate was sealed when he pushed a
14-year-old friend of a boy that hit him with an egg late on a Sunday evening.
The 10-year-old told police that he was hanging around the streets unsupervised
looking for trouble. At 11 p.m.! On a school night!
The boy also admitted beating Mr. Young with a tree
branch at the same time his gang beat the man with bats, chairs and wooden
beams. All the boys
watched and listened as Mr. Young's blood flowed out of his body and his screams
filled the air.
In the courtroom, the 10-year-old boy’s parents
sat as he was arraigned. They do not live together. According to press
reporters, the father denied his son had done anything, even as the boy
confessed to the court.
If I were the prosecutor in this case, I would
charge the 10-year-old's parents with criminal neglect. Maybe I would lose the
case, but I’d definitely send a message.
The reason Charlie Young is
dead is that America did not protect him. Our society allows neighborhoods like
Little Beirut to exist all over the country I.t is a sad fact of life that the
police often do not enforce the law the same way in the poor neighborhoods that
they do in the more affluent areas. Open air drug dealing is, tolerated in many
places, as is vandalism, public intoxication and casual
But you don't see any marches, to protest that. You
don’t see Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton demand-ing that crime be punished or that
strict truancy laws be im-posed. If it had been 16 white boys that had killed
Charlie Young, mass demonstrations would have taken place. But because there is
no racial component here, Charlie’s murder is not worth a protest.
brutal truth is that until the citizens of Little Beirut and other such places
begin demanding accountability for acts that are destroying their environments,
nothing will change. Until the "under siege" poor form an alliance with police
and demand help from the media and the politicians, chaos will reign.
Society can impose order in these free-fire zones by doing the following: First,
prosecute quality-of-life crimes such as street drug dealing, vandalism, child
abuse and neglect, and public intoxication. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
and the NYPD accomplished an enormous drop in crime by doing this.
Second, mandate by law that all truancy be reported to the police by public
Third, arrest parents for neglect if their children
fail to attend school or are unsupervised late at night. Remember, every parent
has an opportunity to contact the authorities if his or her child is
uncontrollable. It is a parent's duty to do that.
church leaders in the neighborhoods to organize programs in which citizens can
report criminal behavior directly to the clergy - who in contact the
authorities. This sets up a "safe space” for the informer and gives people a
sense of empowerment. After all, most Americans that live in these blighted
neighborhoods are good people. They just need a system in place that they can
All the pie-in-the-sky social programs will not impose order on
streets dominated by criminals. Only force and organized resistance to
irresponsible behavior will allow change.
America has lost a legion of callow youths because their parents let them down.
Now things must be stabilized in neglected neighborhoods so the next generation
might have some safety and some hope.
discipline is not imposed the brutal merry-go-round will continue. But one rider
will be missing. His name is Charlie Young.
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