Palermo, the commissioner on the youth gang With violence they express social unease

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“The investigation just concluded in Palermo tells the cross-section of the reality of a city which, like many others, is beginning to express a social unease on the part of second or third generation immigrants ….”: Commissioner Leopoldo Laricchia immediately goes to the point , which traces an objective interpretation at the conclusion of the investigation which – it is legitimate to imagine – is only an episode of the various activities opened by the investigators after the various attacks that took place in the nightlife areas.
The investigation led to 12 arrests: six young people in prison, one under house arrest, another five, minors, in juvenile prison or entrusted to communities.

A new phenomenon, it is a detail that immediately catches the eye …

“Yes, a phenomenon, for example, different from that recorded in the Neapolitan area where local realities were involved in this type of crime”.

Who are the protagonists of these crimes that occurred in the city?

“Some were born in Palermo.
others were born in North African countries and arrived here as children.
There is a mix of situations and conditions of marginalization, of immigrant families, of social anger, of drug use.
Then a further element not to be underestimated ….

What are you referring to?

“In my opinion there is a cultural model that these young people absorb, and it is that of some television series that are uneducational and fuel the desire of these young people to be like the protagonists of those television series.
It is an insight that comes out clearly.
And they make it clear on their social media profiles where they represent their stunts, where they argue, for example, that they have to control certain areas of the city as a reason for revenge against the indigenous people “.

Do they feel safe why?

“They believe they have the impunity that comes from their minor age.
Those involved in the latest survey have recently come of age.
Like all young people who are fed by bad teachers, they make their own the messages of the media, of the rappers who have shot videos to incite violence, to contrast with the police or the carabinieri, they are bearers of a culture of illegality, a sub-culture that breaks through.
Here, they trust in the impunity that they believe comes from being young, invincible.
They think they will manage not to get caught ….

There is a certain sense of insecurity among citizens, however …

“The controls are there.
Let me give you an example: for more than a month we have been following this group of young people at a distance, they have not committed anything for a month.
Every weekend about fifteen men of the police are used for services aimed at circumscribing the area where they were moving, to identify their movements, photos have been reported.
And we also act on another front: whoever creates the conditions for which he gives alcohol to minors, to the very young, must pay ».

And what attitude should the citizen who knows about such incidents have?

“You can see that every incident of violence is promptly resolved and the perpetrator is brought to justice.
The rest belongs to a social function.
The police are not called to prevent delinquent projects from being conceived, of course if they accidentally manage to intercept them, they prevent them.
Once these crimes have been committed, the police have the task of repressing them.
Preventing a crime is a social problem.
Of course, we also collaborate on this front, but we are not an educational agency, we are a public safety agency.
Legality education is up to families, schools, politics, associations.
And we are ready to do our part ».


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