In recent years, Baltimore's homicide rate has spiked dramatically, up 50% from just six years ago. The primary reason the city is suffering the alarming increase in crime is on full display in an interview published by the Baltimore Sun this week.
In a rather remarkable admission, Baltimore's progressive law enforcement leaders, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby (of Freddie Gray trial infamy) and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, admitted to the paper that the skyrocketing homicide rate — averaging over 300 murders a year, up from less than 200 murders in 2011 — was directly linked to disavowing the more stringent policing policies of the past. While those more "heavy-handed" policies have clearly proven to work, Mosby and Davis made clear in the interview that they will not let proven success get in the way of their perceived "progress."
Here's how the Baltimore Sun's writeup of the interview begins (h/t HotAir):
Baltimore’s top law enforcement leaders say they are working closely together to fight crime — but the community should not expect a turnaround soon.
State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, in an exclusive joint interview with The Baltimore Sun, say they are overseeing crime-fighting in a different climate than six years ago, when the city experienced fewer than 200 homicides for the first time in decades. Both officials claimed those past gains were achieved using heavy-handed tactics that have been disavowed.
In case it was unclear exactly who had "disavowed" those tried and true "heavy-handed tactics," Mosby and Davis both made clear in the interview that they reject being tougher on criminals like law enforcement officials had been in the past — apparently even if that results in an over 50% increase in homicides:
“There was a price to pay for” the drop below 200 homicides, a price “that manifested itself in April and May of 2015,” Davis said, referring to the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray. “I think the long view is that doing it the right way is doing it the hard way, and I think most Baltimoreans realize that the way forward is not always going to be easy.”
Mosby agreed. “People want to look for an overnight solution, but a lot of what has gotten us to this place didn’t happen overnight.”
The city, Mosby told the paper, is in a "transition" of sorts right now; despite the out of control crime and the tragic murder rate, she insisted, there's been lots of "positive" movement forward.
"At the end of the day, we’re making a lot of positive changes," she said.
Just how disconnected from reality is Mosby's "positive" view of the city's crime situation? "Baltimore is on track for more than 300 killings for the third consecutive year," the Baltimore Sun notes. "Among the latest victims was a 15-year-old boy who was gunned down in the middle of the afternoon Tuesday, the third teenager killed this month. In addition to spiking crime, authorities have continued to grapple with scandals that have led to criminal charges against officers and the dropping of scores of court cases."
Baltimore is clear evidence of a simple truth: If you go soft on criminals, they will not only commit more crimes but worse crimes. Ignore that and suffer like those suffering in Baltimore's inner-city, yet that is the approach the Obama Department of Justice took in its "reform" demands of police departments across the country. Hopefully one day the residents of cities like Baltimore say enough is enough and stop empowering those who refuse to promote their safety, economic and educational interests.