DC mayor announces task force to address missing teens issue

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5:29 | 03/27/17

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We are back now with a big board. Linsey Davis and Dan Abrams are both here at the table with us. We'll begin with the big response to those missing teens in Washington. The city's mayor now announcing a tank force to address the issue after a social media campaign revealed the alarming number of girls who have gone missing. Many of them black or Latino so where does it stand. So, those hashtags are still trending big. Find our girls, missing D.C. Girls. The good news is since our report two of the girls have been located. Great. The bad news that still means more than a dozen reports of missing people still out there in Washington, D.C. But the mayor did announce an initiative on Friday that they're going to start assigning more police officers, they're going to have several initiatives, they're going to be earmarking money, they're going to be creating a tank force in order to work with vulnerable teens and that should help. That should be a good thing. The congressional black caucus also has asked the attorney general and also the FBI to get to the bottom of this. What is going on here? Now, according to the D.C. Police, they're saying all of these girls have run away. Now, that certainly shouldn't diminish the urgency because you have, for example, one of the girls who did turn herself in who had been classified as missing turned herself in over the weekend to a fire department. She said she had been having an issue with -- been treated poorly by a foster parent and been staying in a laundromat during the night and she said during the day when she would walk the streets men would solicit her and prey on her and couple that with the ticket that black girls make up 40% of human trafficking victims you see these girls can't simply be written off as just runaways. This has gained a lot of momentum online. Some people say this information has been a little misleading as well. There has been a case of a little whisper down the lane. There are a lot of people who are under the impression that there's a serial killer on the loose, that 14 girls went missing in just 24-hour period and it's not just of that magnitude. There still is a problem but it's not true. What we do know is true, there's this overwhelming sentiment in social media and beyond of people saying when black people go missing they don't get the same amount of coverage. LE of us could come up with three or more names of white girls who went missing. Wall-to-wall coverage. Nonstop, right. But is the same true of black girls? I would struggle to come up with one black girl who has gone missing in recent years? One missing person, period, is one too many. One, I mean, too many but you are absolutely right. We've been hearing -- I reached out to you last week because people were talking about it on social media and, Dan, it takes a hashtag? Look, I've been covering these kind of cases for 20 something years and let's be honest about this. In almost every one of those cases, it's white girl. That's the bottom line. And I think the great thing about this hashtag whether there are more or there are not more right now, whether this is just more attention to it, that's a good thing. Which is we got to start talking about this because a lot of these cases are being solved by helping -- by going public. The public is helping. And if we aren't allowing, we meaning the media as a whole, aren't allowing the public to see these cases and to see these girls, then how can they help? So, let's talk about it. Let's admit the fact that we are sort of promoting, showing, displaying more cases with white girls and now let's change that. And let's try and help solve this. Linsey will stay on top of this and have follow-up reporting on runaways. Police say it's a runaway, part of the problem. Because they can fall -- Because they don't have the amber alert. One missing kid is one too many. Absolutely. We're going to turn our focus to the popular messaging service what isapp. The terrorist in that London attack used it to send secret messages before the attack and the app has encryption abilities which could make -- which would have big implications. Tell us what that means exactly. This isn't the first terrorism case where the allegation has been that the terrorists were using one of these encryption services right before the attack. Let's be clear on what this means it means that user one gets what's effectively a public key from whatsapp to send a message that only user two can then open. And maybe just as importantly, what isapp would tell you even they can't see it. No one can now see once it's been encrypted. Not just conversation, it's videos, it's groups, it's everything and what makes what is different, you don't have to request it, it's automatically encrypted and creating a very difficult situation for law enforcement because there's -- whatsapp says -- What about a back door? Let's create a back door. Whatsapp says that -- anyone you make one anyone can use split they are horrified at the attack that happened, that's from whatsapp and cooperating with law enforcement. En accept I have a higher risk of stroke

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