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“Fatherless Families” Root Cause of Crime?

The former Chief of Police in Martinsburg, WV blames certain family structures as the root cause of all crime. Take that for what its worth.

“The crisis of fatherless families is really the root cause of crime, but it’s really much more than that. We’re looking at poverty, lack of educational achievement, drug and alcohol abuse, much of that can be traced back to a lack of fathers and family,” Richards said.

“41% of all families now are fatherless. 70% in the African-American community, 50% Hispanic, 28% White. This is a national crisis,” Richards said.

Richards served as the Martinsburg, WV Police Chief from 2015 to 2020, after 24 years as an officer and lieutenant in the Chicago Police Department. Richards holds a doctorate in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University.

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