Pr. George's prosecutor turns to pastors
Prince George's County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks is turning to the faith community to help address the recent spate of killings in the county.
Alsobrooks said she will visit several churches this weekend and appeal to church members to help her reach out to young adults.
Thirteen people have been killed in Prince George's County since the New Year.
"Thirteen deaths are too many for any community," Alsobrooks said. "We in public safety will aggressively address the handgun problem, but we need all of our community partners to join us as well. We need pastors to wrap their arms around these young men to provide opportunities for them through mentoring, tutoring. I want [ministers] to teach them to read, teach them to be responsible individuals and talk to them about character."
Alsobrooks said she will attend Mount Ephraim Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro Sunday. On Monday she will be part of a panel discussion at First Baptist Church of Glenarden as part of the church's Martin Luther King Day event.
"Part of what I will be talking about at First Baptist is changing the culture," Alsobrooks said. "These young people have been taught they should not get involved and to stop snitching. I want to start a counter-campaign called speak up and that we have an active responsibility to come forward and help rid our community of this violence."
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