The rioting and discord in Charlotte continues, but government officials in the city just made a major announcement. This is a decision that will go a long way in curbing the violence and is definitely something other cities in the future should consider also.
City officials have essentially put their foot down, with a proclamation that any individuals caught rioting, looting, destroying property, or otherwise being violent in any unlawful manner will have their government benefits permanently revoked, per BaltimoreGazette.com.
The proposed punishment also applies to minors who participate in the violence. Not only that, but parents of underage individuals who are caught will also be held fully accountable and also risk losing state benefits. Moreover, there could also be referrals to Charlotte’s social services division regarding whether their custody should be allowed to continue.
“Parents are responsible for their children. If they are allowing them to engage in lawless behaviors there will be consequences for them as parents,” city official Wilson Stewart said during a 30-minute press conference.
“Many of the individuals we have detained are high school students. We urge parents out there to know where their children are at all times until tensions are quelled,” he continued. “Have them adhere to the mandatory curfew. Make them aware that participation in looting, destruction of property, and violently demonstrating on any level will come with severe penalties.”
The announcement was made on the heels of hundreds of national guardsmen and law enforcement officials intent on restoring calm to the city.
Although it remains to be seen whether this pronouncement will have an impact on the rioting, it definitely illustrates to some that there are consequences to their actions. Your decisions are often something you will have to live with.
Besides these steep consequences, a curfew continues to be imposed and those who violate it will also face some pretty serious ramifications.
This was a decision that is inherent in the traditional system of American society.
Law and order must be upheld and citizens need to know they can be safe in their neighborhoods. Although Wilson Stewart’s decision might be indicative to liberals of racism, to us it means he is a “law and order” politician, and worthy of our respect.