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What about accountability?

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A 16-year-old has been charged with ethnic intimidation in the brutal beating a motorist, who stopped and out of his pickup truck, to check on the 10-year-old he hit when the child stepped into the street. The teen was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, was charged as a juvenile in the case and has a court hearing scheduled Saturday morning at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Three others, ages 24, 30 and 17, were arraigned earlier this week on the same charges.
While some agree that the youth should be charged as a juvenile, other are not so sure. Should juveniles be given a slap on the wrist after committing such as heinous crime? The 16 year old was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily damage. Notwithstanding that the victim is still in a coma and in critical condition. Had it not been for the heroic efforts of a Detroit woman, the victim may well be deceased. So at what age should juveniles be tried as adults? Or should the crime and/or act itself dictate?
The victim, Steven Utash, is a 54 year old white male who has worked in the city for a number of years. The perpetrators are African Americans. Was this a hate crime? If the situation was inverted, and a 54 year old African American male was brutally attacked by a mob of white youth and adults, would there be any doubt? It’s time to hold people accountable for their actions, regardless of their age. If they are old enough to commit the crime, they are older enough to serve the time.
Detroit is embarking upon a bigger and brighter future: new capital coming to the city, neighborhood reconstruction and development, world class restaurants and entertainment districts, there is absolutely no place for old, monstrous behavior. It’s time for the communities to decide whether or not they want their neighborhoods back