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Judge Hatchett speaks out against black-on-black crime

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The term "black-on-black crime" raises ire. It's an uncomfortable conversation, but one we have to have because black men are dying on our streets at the hands of other black men and we have to learn more about why it's happening. 

This may be a good place to start - 52 murders this year. The victims by far were black and we've learned only three of those dozens of victims even made it to the twelfth grade.

Are black people more often killers of other blacks? Yes. But, the numbers don't lie about white people either. Eighty-four percent of white murder victims were killed by other whites.

What about feelings? Do black people somehow feel different about matters of life and death? And do the images on TV support the stats?

"It's real," said Judge Glenda Hatchett. "I am concerned about the fact that too many black people are killing black people."

But Hatchett, the former chief presiding judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, warns you not to get caught up in statistics because they can be spun in a number of ways.

"[Black on black crime] is not that simple because if you look statistically, there are more white people committing crimes against white people than there are black people committing crimes against black people," Judge Hatchett said.

But it's the rate of the killings compared to the sheer numbers that alarms Hatchett and so many others. Recent data from the Atlanta Police Department show that 92 percent of the victims killed this year are black. All of the accused are black men and when it comes to how they died? Guns.

"We have got to really look particularly at what's going on in Georgia," said Judge Hatchett. "And Georgia is 27 percent higher for gun-related violence than the national norm. That should be of great concern to us."

When asked why, Judge Hatchett said, "I see we've had a recent bill passed by the legislature of the state that says we can take guns into restaurants, into schools and into a number of public places now...and that's OK?"

"We have to get away from this wild west mentality," Judge Hatchett continued. "There were more people between 2000 and 2010 killed in Georgia by guns than people who died in that same period in war in Afghanistan - more Americans that dies in Afghanistan, and that's really telling."

"What I have said to people is that if they can have the proper education and if they can feel like there is some opportunity other than out here committing crimes, I think we could see a shift," Judge Hatchett added.

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