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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Pr. George's prosecutor turns to pastors

By Hamil R. Harris

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."


By Hamil R. Harris  | January 14, 2011; 11:38 AM ET
Categories:  Pr. George's  
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She is so naive. The parents and/or guardians are NOT in church to receive this message.

Alsobooks attends First Baptist Church of Glenarden. She should get off her butt and go her job.

PG is going tohell in a hand basket with her type of work ethic.

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 14, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Even though the verdict is still out on her, I believe Alsobrooks is doing the right thing here. The parents and/or guardians may not necessarily be in the church, but that doesn't mean that the church can't reach out to their communities more. One of the responsibilities as a church in a community is to help the area around you. How can you preach the gospel to people in a wonderful place and have it mean anything when you have places outside the church falling apart? The church, although not responsible for the violence in this county, still needs to do more to help out. Getting out and talking to these young people could honestly save lives.

Posted by: meatkins | January 14, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It shouldn't take a county official to tell the churches to do what the Church should already be doing. Jesus never waited for some politician to tell Him what His job was. He went out on His own initiative and met the people right where they were at. Most churches today, especially mega churches, are all about money and expanding their already sprawling campuses. Many churches in PG County have fallen victim to this. I know. I attend one.

Posted by: sjcsando | January 14, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

She is definitely out of touch with reality. The people who are in church aren't witnessing these crimes. Politicans make a mockery of themselves by going to these churches lectruring about what's going on in the streets. Most police officers who are out there in the trenches can combat this wave of crime better, one thing about the streets is that they talk. Let a politician be exactly who they are politicians not policemen.

Posted by: rickyjohnson1 | January 14, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Special One is right on. This is a classic case of liberal thinking - I'm sure she has good intentions, but this will do absolutely nothing to solve the problem.

By the way, let me be the first to congratulate PG County on getting a story (from the Examiner) linked on the Drudge Report, with the headline on Drudge reading "MD county's 13 killings exceed military deaths in Afghanistan this year." Nothing like publicity on a website that gets 25 million plus hits a day!

Posted by: GusBaker | January 14, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Correct me I'm wrong but isn't the "stop snitching" policy pretty much ingrained in the black community?

Not much pro-law enforcement feeling. They're considered the enemy. Generally speaking of course.

Or is this a stereotype?

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 14, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

She's correct in thinking its a culture problem. But not in the No Snitching tenent. But rather in the violence engrained in the American Culture and heightened in the black community. PG county is headed for harder times I have to say, though. We (blacks) moved out of the inner cities in hopes of escaping the ghetto and ghetto life. But we didn't realize that the ghetto was in the U-Haul truck. PG has to wake up and stop thinking they are better because they have nice homes, big cars and (used to have) good jobs. Largo ignored Landover, Bowie ignored Bladensburg, Clinton and Waldorf ignored Suitland and District Heights... Now, Landovers coming up 202 and Suitland headed up the parkway... SOLUTION - Make Your Own Community a Decent Place To Live" - Stop trying to MOVE AWAY FROM YOURSELF!

Posted by: DonaldMM | January 14, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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