More than 30 people have been killed in Baltimore in 30 days, the homicide rate has hit 96 since the start of 2015, and insiders now suggest surging violent crime activity is due largely to the reluctance of police, worried about fallout from the Freddie Gray fiasco, to patrol.
CBS Baltimore quoted one Baltimore police officer who asked to remain anonymous insisting the Gray case, involving the black man who died shortly after being arrested by police, has had a tremendous impact on how law enforcement officers these days do their jobs.
“If you want them to be proactive in patrolling and trying to catch people, I could see them not being interested in doing that,” the officer said.
William Scipio, the head of Sandtown’s Resident Action Committee, also told CBS he has not seen an officer in the vicinity “since the riots” tore through Baltimore’s streets.
The Washington Post reported many of the murders committed in the city since the riots have gone forth largely under the radar.
Of the city’s 216 homicides in 2014, blacks were victims 211 times.