It’s Been FOUR DECADES Since Baltimore Saw Murder Rates This High
Baltimore citizens sure are getting the bang for their tax buck, the few that actually pay taxes, as the Democrat-controlled government is running things so darn well that they’re seeing murder rates soar to that unseen since 1972.
Woohooo Democrats! Hope’n’Change! Hope’n’Change!!
Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.
Police reported three deaths — two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals.
With their deaths, this year’s homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July’s end in 2014. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July’s total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The seemingly Sisyphean task of containing the city’s violence prompted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to fire her police commissioner, Anthony Batts, on July 8.
“Too many continue to die on our streets,” Rawlings-Blake said then. “Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I. Recent events have placed an intense focus on our police leadership, distracting many from what needs to be our main focus: the fight against crime.”
But the killings have not abated under Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis since then.
Baltimore is not unique in its suffering; crimes are spiking in big cities around the country.
But while the city’s police are closing cases— Davis announced arrests in three recent murders several days ago — the violence is outpacing their efforts. Davis said Tuesday the “clearance rate” is at 36.6 percent, far lower than the department’s mid-40s average.
Crime experts and residents of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods cite a confluence of factors: mistrust of the police; generalized anger and hopelessness over a lack of opportunities for young black men; and competition among dealers of illegal drugs, bolstered by the looting of prescription pills from pharmacies during the riot.
Mistrust of police? Gosh whatever could have occasioned that? And I thought the riot was just an expression of those “without voices” as so many protesters were fond of saying – now they’re telling us that it was all a drug heist?
Nobody saw that coming.
Except every single conservative who knows stuff.
You hear a lot of people say we should just abandon these high crime areas, but there are a lot of good people there apart from the evil degenerates criminals. There really isn’t any easy answer at all. But you can be damn sure that there aren’t any solutions in vilifying the police and pretending it’s just racism keeping poor people down.