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Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is in denial about an issue that is adversely affecting black families not only in The District, but across America.
According to a Tuesday (March 14th) report on WPGC.CBSLocal.com, 10 young black girls were reported missing in the nation’s capital over the course of the past week. National organizations like BlackAndMissing.org have been shedding light recently on the lack of media coverage that minor black girls get when they are reported missing.
However, when white girls under the age of 18 are reported missing, national media outlets like CNN, HLN, and NBC will regularly cover such cases with emphasis and consistency. However, police in Washington D.C. have played down public claims on social media that an increase in the number of missing minority girls has occurred.
“There is not an uptick in missing persons-we are simply using social media more to help locate them,” read a March 12th social media posting written on the Twitter page of the D.C. police department. MPD spokeswoman Aquita Brown echoed her bureau’s shallow assessment of this situation in a statement to a local media outlet.
“We got new leadership assigned to the missing persons unit,” Brown stated. “That person has taken on an initiative to use social media and missing persons alerts to find missing people,” she continued. However, when Brown was asked why so many of the “critical missing” were black women, she failed to elaborate.
WPGC also reported that since March 1st, 20 missing person alerts have been tweeted out. More than half of those missing persons are young black women and girls. All of the details from these 11 missing black women and girls were published in the Tuesday WPGC article.
People in the D.C. area are urged to call 202-727-9099 if they have any information, which can lead to the safe return of these women and girls.