AMBER Alert in Atlanta
You may have heard of the latest amber alert if you live in Atlanta. The Georgia Police Department issued Levi’s Call, an AMBER Alert, on Friday, calling for help to find the boy’s missing mother and father. Kerline Lubin, the boy’s mother was abducted by her boyfriend, who then forced her to drive a black Jeep Compass. Authorities believe the child is in grave danger and are asking for the public’s assistance to save him.
The AMBER Alert has many problems. First, the law must acknowledge that the abduction took place. Second, there must be sufficient descriptive information to identify the child. Finally, the child must be younger than 17 years old. While many law enforcement agencies are using this criteria, many have not. Many children disappear while their parents celebrate the success of the alert. This problem has led to an increase in false alarms, public outcry, and misinformation.
In this case, the child’s abductor has a history of child abduction. Armando Aguilar has a tattoo on his chest that says “Ashley”, and a scar on the chin. The tattoo features four large stars above his name and three below it. Police are currently searching for him if he was involved with the abduction. They are searching for him as quickly as possible to ensure his safety.
In most child abduction cases, law enforcement agencies activate an AMBER Alert to help with the search. The alerts can be broadcast via radio, television, radio, road signs and cellphones. The system is currently used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as in 27 other countries. AMBER Alerts are broadcast through electronic billboards and radio stations, which are often a great source of information.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency activates an Alert Bulletin and transmits it through the EAS system to broadcasters. The broadcasters must then choose how and when to broadcast the alert. The broadcasters were asked to broadcast the alert twice within the first hour and once every hour for three hours. The alert can be broadcast as long as local law enforcement supplies a photograph of the child. Law enforcement officials must also have reasonable suspicion that the child has been abducted and that the child is in danger.
In May 2004, the AMBER Alert Initiative in Indian Country (AIIC), was launched to assist Tribal communities in implementing an AMBER Alert within their communities. The initiative is based upon the AMBER Alert and uses technology to improve the system’s response. AMBER Alerts are an integral part of larger child and missing person programs. This means that if a child is abducted in the Atlanta area, the community will likely be alerted.