The city of Baltimore has a murder rate that has averaged over 300 murders per year over a three year period. This is something the city has never experienced before. Ever since the Freddie Gray Case and cries of police brutality by the African-American community, the police have cut back on patrols in the high crime neighborhoods.
The Freddie Gray Case involved the man who died in a police van on his way to jail. The District Attorney tried to convict six police officers of different races on murder charges. There were no convictions.
As a result, many officers either retired or transferred to other police departments. Police reported that in investigating murders and other felonies, community members taunted and interfered with their investigations. The outcry against the police resulted in a pull back that now has the city experiencing a crime wave.
Protest against the police now has its consequences. Crime has spread to the business district and to the inner harbor which is a source of tourist revenue. Families, yes families have been attacked in the Inner Harbor making it unsafe for tourists. This probably will result in a loss of vital funds that the city needs. Baltimore is spiraling into a downtrodden debt ridden Detroit. The divide between the police and the community is a chasm.
The situation is so bad that the businesses in downtown Baltimore and Inner Harbor collected $300,000 to pay for security during the holiday season. The money was used to pay security officers to patrol the downtown and Inner Harbor areas. It was hoped that their visibility would deter crime in the areas.
As mentioned in previous blogs, the Black Lives Matter Movement, Freddie Gray Case, Ferguson protests, etc. has changed the security and safety not only in Baltimore but in other cities like St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.
As long as the police are considered culprits, the chasm will remain. The economic consequences will increase. The poor and innocent who cannot escape will remain the victims. This is the tragedy that grips the city.
For example, 19 year old Jonathan Tobash, a Morgan State student was killed on his way to the store. An innocent victim.
The downward spiral continues unabated. People are scared. They don’t know if they or their children will be future victims.