Rising crime rates: It’s not just Baltimore

Rising crime rates: It’s not just Baltimore

[T]hings in Baltimore are changing, just not in the way … [Loretta] Lynch and the Police Department’s brass would hope. Ms. Lynch’s encomium to the beleaguered cops will not alter the fact that crime in Baltimore is out of control with no sign of improvement.  “You have picked a noble profession,” she told the officers.  “Despite how people may want to portray it, you [should] hold on to that every day.”  Among the “many” she referred to are of course Mr. Holder and, lest we forget, the president of the United States, who seems to believe that the greatest danger facing black Americans is that of being mistreated by police officers.  Conditions in Baltimore suggest otherwise.  Since April 12, the day Freddie Gray was arrested, 51 people have been killed in Baltimore, 47 of whom have been black and none of whom died at the hands of a police officer.

And it’s not just Baltimore.  Cops all over the country have seen the six Baltimore police officers served up to appease the mob, and they know it could happen to them.  The results are as predictable as they are tragic.  In New York City murders are up 12 percent from a year ago as officers continue their reticence at conducting the type of proactive police work that keeps violent crime in check.  In Los Angeles, homicides are down by 10 percent this year, though this is more of a testament to the skill of paramedics and medical personnel than it is to good police work.  Shootings in the city are up by 23 percent and other violent crime is up by 25 percent.  LAPD arrests for violent crime this year are down by 13 percent.  And in some parts of L.A. the picture is bleaker than in others.  Shooting incidents are up significantly across heavily black and Latino South-Central L.A.  In Newton Division, for example, one of the city’s 21 patrol areas, homicides are up by 42 percent, and the number of shooting incidents and shooting victims have both doubled from last year.  Newton Division was the scene of last year’s police killing of Ezell Ford, an “unarmed black man” who, according to the officers who shot him, tried to disarm one them after a foot chase.  The involved officers, despite the lack of evidence that they did anything illegal or against policy, remain off the streets and under investigation.

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