Via AP- The #DistrictOfColumbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the #MetropolitanPolice Department, the city's police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.
The letter, dated Tuesday and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, was sent by #CongressionalBlackCaucus chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Del. #EleanorHolmesNorton , who represents the District in Congress. They called on #AttorneyGeneral #JeffSessions and #FBIDirector #JamesComey to "devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed." An email sent to the Justice Department seeking comment was not immediately answered Thursday. Richmond said he hopes to meet with Sessions and bring up the issue. No meeting is currently scheduled. But President #DonaldTrump assured caucus members on Wednesday that he would make his Cabinet secretaries available to them.
#DCpolice officials said there has been no increase in the numbers of missing persons in their jurisdiction. "We've just been posting them on social media more often," said Metropolitan Police spokeswoman #RachelReid .
According to local police data, the number of missing child cases in the District dropped from 2,433 in 2015 to 2,242 in 2016. The highest total recently, 2,610, was back in 2001.
But the increased social media attention has caused concern in the U.S. capital area, which has long had a large minority population and is currently about 48 percent black. Hundreds of people packed a town-hall style meeting at a neighborhood school on Wednesday to express concern about the missing children cases. "Ten children of color went missing in our nation's capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That's deeply disturbing," Richmond's letter said.
#DerricaWilson , co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, said that despite the assurances from police, it was alarming for so many children to go missing around the same time.
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