Jack Young is being Dangerously Irresponsible

When I first saw the headline this morning on Twitter, I thought it was a joke. It said: “Baltimore’s mayor warns of a van snatching girls to sell organs. Police have no reports of ‘actual incidents.’”

But no, as the Sun reports, this is a real story:

In a recent televised news conference and interview, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he’s concerned about a white van “snatching” young girls to sell their organs. But Baltimore Police say they have no reports of any such incidents.

Young’s source, according to an interview with WBAL, is social media.

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“We’re getting reports of somebody in a white van trying to snatch up young girls for human trafficking and for selling body parts, I’m told. So we have to be careful because there’s so much evil going on, not just in the city of Baltimore, but around the country,” he said. “It’s all over Facebook.”

Police spokesman Matt Jablow said the department is “aware of the posts on social media but we do not have any reports of actual incidents.”

Young claim echoes a statement he made during one of his weekly news conferences last month. Asked Nov. 20 whether he plans to sign a bill banning retailers’ use of plastic bags, Young responded he hasn’t taken a position yet because he’s focusing on more important issues like murders and shootings.

“Now, I’m worried about people pulling up in vans, snatching young girls to take their organs or sell them into prostitution,” he added.

A spokesman for Young could not immediately be reached to further clarify the mayor’s comments Tuesday.

Young made comments to WBAL TV last night saying the same:

What Jack Young is doing here is incredibly and dangerously irresponsible. While Young is correct that people should have situational awareness of their surroundings, the idea that these things are happening all the time and using Facebook as a source is irresponsible unprofessional and is just plain spreading of fake news. It’s beneath the dignity of the office of Mayor and takes attention and resources away from the other large numbers of crime problems throughout the city.

But if Jack Young really wants to do something about organized groups harvesting body parts in Baltimore City, he should know Planned Parenthood is a 330 North Howard Street.

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