Today, a Manhattan prosecutor called a 17 year old kid a “predator” in court. The kid was accused of standing by while his 16 year old friend stole a man’s phone on the subway. The prosecutor the told the judge that the kid deserves a criminal record for the rest of his life, as well as 3 – 6 years in state prison. A Predator. This young man had family in court supporting him. His dad works full time, and listened to the proceedings through the assistance of an English/Spanish translation device. The young man was a senior in high school. He has never been in any kind of trouble before. He was taking the subway to his part-time job at a recycling plant in New Jersey. A predator. Deserving of 3 – 6 years in prison. 17 years old.
Remarks like this cut me to the core. The prosecutor sees nothing of that boy but a case file. He is not a kid. He is not a teenager. He is not a high school student. The DA sees him as a violent being who deserves a cage. Barely human…. A Predator.