Saturday, June 13, 2015

Baltimore: Fewest arrests in a month in 3 years--but there is more crime and more fear

The police protect society from its worse elements. What if the cops couldn't do their job?

From the Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore police arrested fewer people in May than in any month for at least three years, despite a surge in homicides and shootings across the city — triggering safety concerns among residents.

Several neighborhoods saw declines of more than 90 percent from April to May, while arrests in the West Baltimore area where Freddie Gray was arrested dropped by more than half during the same period, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis of police data. Citywide, arrests declined 43 percent from April to May.

"I've noticed fewer police," said Steve Dixon, program director for the Penn North Recovery Center in West Baltimore. "We're having robberies at the playground in broad daylight. All these murders and shootings, we're having them in broad daylight."

The dramatic citywide decline — which has sparked a debate about police pulling back on enforcement efforts — came in the aftermath of the death of Gray. Six officers have been charged in the death of the 25-year-old, who suffered spinal injuries while in police custody and died a week after his April 12 arrest.
Police officers in Maryland's largest city are afraid they'll be the next to be indicted. And when the cops do make an arrest--they are surrounded by busy-bodies shoving cameras in their faces.

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