No, Chief, “We” Didn’t Fail Accused Teenaged Killer

by Kerry Dougherty

In the early hours of Sunday morning, 47-year-old Glenn B. Kreps was shot to death on A View Street, in Norfolk’s Ocean View.

Details about the dead man are scarce.

One thing we do know: A 14-year-old has been arrested and charged with his murder.

I don’t know about you, but my thoughts are with the dead man. Who was he? Why was he killed? Did he leave behind a family? You know, the sort of questions ordinary, law-abiding people ask when they hear of a violent crime.

You’d expect the chief of police to express similar concerns about the shooting victim.

Ah, but this is in Norfolk, where the top cop is apparently more concerned with perps than victims, like so many lefties.

Here are his thoughts, via Twitter:

This is repugnant, callous and incredibly tone-deaf.

Where to begin?

Someone should tell Norfolk’s chief that when there’s a brutal murder in his city, it might be nice to first extend condolences to the victim’s family. After all, chances are this man was someone’s son, brother, father or husband.

Even if the chief’s instinct is to express sympathy for alleged killers — and apparently it is — he should at least pretend to care about shooting victims.

It’s odd that the chief felt the need to refer to the accused as a “young man,” a polite description that carries with it a degree of respectability. “Teen” would be neutral. “Juvenile delinquent,” probably accurate.

Lamenting the fact that an alleged killer won’t be in 8th grade this fall is mind-numbingly stupid.

The money shot, of course, was this bromide: “We have failed him.”

No “we” didn’t, Chief. His parents almost certainly failed him. There’s no “we” in that.

Society doesn’t collectively bear the guilt of homicidal teenagers, gangbangers, or psychotic trigger-pullers who kill in the early hours of a July Sunday morning.

Instead of simpering platitudes about the alleged killer, why didn’t the chief ask what the hell a 14-year-old was doing on the streets at 1 a.m.?

Why didn’t he ask the whereabouts of the boy’s father? His mother?

Or is “adult leaders” some sort of euphemism for what we once called “parents”?

Either way, the community isn’t to blame for kids running wild in the streets, armed with illegal guns.

If Norfolk’s police chief doesn’t know that, the city’s in deep trouble.

Norfolk needs a chief with the guts to hold parents responsible for their kids. And one who has the common sense to express more sorrow for the loss of life, than an empty seat in 8th grade.

This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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18 responses to “No, Chief, “We” Didn’t Fail Accused Teenaged Killer”

  1. WayneS Avatar

    The statement that the 14-year-old accused shooter is “on trial for murder” is incorrect. Among other things, this police chief apparently needs to learn the difference between being arrested and being prosecuted…

    1. Stephen Haner Avatar
      Stephen Haner

      Especially in juvenile court. Kerry, I don’t think the cop thinks you personally were one of the adults who failed this youngster. At least not directly.

      1. Matt Adams Avatar
        Matt Adams

        Depends on how the Chief views “it takes a village”.

        1. WayneS Avatar

          It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a tank to raze a village…

          1. Brian Leeper Avatar
            Brian Leeper

            Who needs a tank? Rioters will do a fine job of razing a village.

  2. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Clearly, the Chief knows something Kerry doesn’t. But then, who doesn’t?

    Now, how many ways can a 14-year old be failed by society? Truly failed? Well, the one that comes immediately to mind is being left in an abusive environment and then being denied by law from asserting a positive legal defense of self-defense. Children don’t get to do that.

    1. WayneS Avatar

      Or perhaps he had a frog in his pocket…

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        A dead one.

        1. WayneS Avatar

          If it was dead, how could it have made him say “we”?

          1. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Jeff Dunham.

  3. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    “Someone should tell Norfolk’s chief that when there’s a brutal murder in his city…”

    You don’t know this, nor do you know anything about the assumed victim. The only thing we know is that a 14 year old is in custody. Have the adults in this child’s life failed him?…perhaps…. Interestingly, that is typically the Conservative position when it comes to discussing race and crime statistics. It’s a cultural thing, or it’s is because of absent fathers… right…?! But if a Liberal (assuming the chief is a Liberal as Kerry maintains) suggests it, he is “repugnant and callous”.

    1. DJRippert Avatar

      If the dingbat chief has further information on the case he ought to disclose it. If he can’t or won’t disclose the additional information he ought to “stifle himself” on social media.

      Kerry is right … absent additional information a police chief crying on social media over the possible neglect of the killer without mentioning the victim is ridiculous.

      The fact that the police chief claimed that the shooter wwas already “on trial” for a killing that took place two days ago further strains his credibility.

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Yeah, it is almost as bad as a “journalist” describing the killing as a “brutal murder” and saying that the 14 year old was “on the streets at 1 a.m.” when she doesn’t have any facts about the case at all. Imagine!!

        1. WayneS Avatar

          Actually, I think stupid/ignorant comments about a killing made by a police chief are a lot worse than stupid/ignorant comments made by a reporter.

        2. DJRippert Avatar

          I guess it could have been a “gentle murder”? Aren’t all murders brutal? As for the time, this is from a news story …

          “Around 1:05 a.m. on July 18, 2021, police responded to the 100 block of A View Avenue for the report of a gunshot victim.”

          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Once again, you are assuming it was murder. It may not have been. Also, what about that news story says the kid was “on the street”.

  4. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    Would have expected somebody else to beat me to this….

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