Why some are blaming the system for death of Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio

Posted: 10:32 PM, May 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-24 23:23:45-04

The system failed, it's something a lot of people are saying including Tanika Wilson, the mother of the 16-year-old accused of running over and killing Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio.

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“I really am truly sorry for this,” Wilson said while fighting back tears. “If I could have just found my son she [Officer Caprio] would still be here and my son would be here with me.”

Her son Dawnta Harris is facing First Degree Murder Charges and is accused of stealing four cars.

He's been in and out of community detention centers.

While wearing a non-GPS enabled ankle bracelet he went missing.

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Until the day Baltimore County Police said he ran over Caprio in a stolen jeep.

It's left people looking for someone to blame for the mother's tears and the loss of an officer.

“Everything changed his life my life the officer life in a split second,” Wilson said.
“It’s just now I feel terrible.”

The day after Caprio was killed, Sam Abed the Secretary of Juvenile Services, pointed the finger at Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

“I am more than appalled, disheartened, and perplexed by the secretary of juvenile services attempt to shift responsibility away from his department by blaming my office and my attorneys for the release of an alleged murderer,” Mosby said.

Continuing to say the juvenile justice system is broken.

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"Which provides a recurring door for troubled youth to graduate to more severe crimes without the opportunity for appropriate rehabilitation and care.”

Ivan Bates whose running against Mosby for Baltimore City State's Attorney said everyone is pointing fingers and none of the leadership is taking accountability.

“This tragedy was bound to happen under our current States Attorney,” Bates said. “Let me put that another way, 68% of all the cases that were in the Juvenile System they did not result in any services or rehabilitative treatment for the youthful offender.”

Thiru Vignarajah who’s also running for Baltimore City State's Attorney said elected officials need to work together to shut down the school to prison pipeline.,

“Making sure that we give a second chance to those youth offenders that deserve it,” Vignarajah said. “Make sure we teach consequences for crimes to those violent repeat offenders that are learning the wrong lessons going in and out and in and out of the system.”

Any way you look at it these two families lives will never be the same.