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  •  On no Amber Alert for Ja'Veion ... (13+ / 0-)

    Some local citizens have asked why no ‘Amber Alert’ was issued when Ja’Veion Mayes was reported missing. And dKos readers may wonder, as well.

    Apparently, law enforcement organizations have fairly specific ‘rules of engagement’ regarding when an Amber Alert should be issued. Typically they require some tangible evidence that the child in question was abducted. They need a report of a suspicious person or a suspicious vehicle in the area around the time the child is reported missing.

    We have not yet heard details about the planned prosecution of Ja’Veion’s father in this case, but it seems clear that he was regarded as a ‘person of interest’ from the moment he reported Ja’Veion missing.

    My first reaction when I heard there was no Amber Alert was that it was another instance of a young black child not ‘rating’ an Amber Alert because of his status as a relative non-person. That reaction was unfair, I now believe, and I was very impressed by the effort the community brought to the attempt to locate Ja’Veion.

    I just regret very deeply that his one post-birth excursion into personhood was so irreversibly posthumous.

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

    by BeninSC on Sun Sep 30, 2007 at 07:10:54 PM PDT

    •  I can understand (7+ / 0-)

      your first reaction to the missing Amber Alert, Ben. It would have been my first thought, too. I'm glad it wasn't the case, though.

      These stories of children harmed by those who are supposed to love and protect them tear at my heart. We are in one of those situations now, in my own family. My sister's stepdaughters are being closely monitored by CPS because their mother has major problems. Though she is getting substantial spousal support and child support, and is capable of working, she will not work, and has now been evicted from her house. They've moved in with her boyfriend, whom the children do not like, as he "yells a lot". They're also eating stale food, apparently; my sister tells me the 8 year old middle child is checking expiration dates on the food she serves.

      There's more, but I won't go into it here. Suffice it to say that I feel for these children, whom I know, and any other children I don't know who are being hurt.

      Thanks for the diary, Ben. It is important.

      -8.00, -7.08

      It isn't easy being green.

      by emeraldmaiden on Sun Sep 30, 2007 at 07:18:47 PM PDT

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