29 Shot in Baltimore This Weekend As Policing Takes on a “Softer” Progressive Look

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In Baltimore this weekend, 28 29 people were shot including 9 fatally in record breaking violence. It’s the most violent month since 1999 according to Baltimore Sun reporter, Justin Fenton, and the month is not over.

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Police operate on high alert 24/7 because they’ve been place in grave danger.

As many as 35 residents died in May, the highest in 8 years. Nonfatal shootings are up 66% and 108 have died in Baltimore this year in total, a city of only 620,000. By way of contrast, 41 were shot this weekend in Chicago a city of 2.7 million.

As the bodies fell, Rawlings-Blake partied.

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake said, “It is disheartening that we’re seeing such an increase in violence, especially when you think about the progress that we’ve made. We’ve come too far to have this type of setback.”

Shootings are taking place in the north and west as well as the typical eastern region which is dominated by gangs.

Arrests are going down while the number of shootings are going up.

Reporter Miguel Marquez talked to one police officer who said police no longer have the support of the police commissioner or the city’s leadership so they’ve taken to “passive policing” – the least required.

CNN’s Susan Malveaux said this: “— to protect the community. That’s right, only responding to 911 calls, not engaging the community any further. And here’s what he told Miguel. I want you to watch this. Oh, I’m told we don’t have the sound. But essentially, what he tells Miguel is that they feel they don’t have the backing of their leadership, so they’re not going to put their officers at risk. They’re not going to put themselves at risk. They’re going to have each other’s back. And they’re afraid that if they go out and do something, they might get in trouble, if they are considered doing something too aggressive.

So they are responding to the 911 calls, but they’re not going out and doing the traditional community policing they’ve been doing in the past.

This is very disconcerting to folks in the community. So what are they doing? There was a group of residents over the weekend that marched, calling for peace. They went to city hall.

Also…we expect tomorrow morning, a pastor who was close to Freddie Gray’s family, Jamal Bryant, that he’s going to be out there as well because he says that the police department is no longer engaged with the community. And that they’ve got a problem because they don’t have the necessary funding for the Baltimore public schools. And summer is coming. The kids are going to be out. He says if we don’t address this now, it’s going to get a lot worse.”

On May 26th, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said,  “Officers tell me and their supervisors, any time they pull up to respond to a call, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them,” Batts said. “We have to send in multiple units just to do basic police work, which says we have to work on community engagement.”

Officers are not patrolling, they’re not proactive, no walking patrols, no investigation, they’re holding back and are only answering calls and they go in pairs to protect themselves, one officer said while speaking under condition of anonymity.

The Command Staff just wants arrests which has set the police up.

He described officer morale as “In the sewers. It’s down. It’s the worse of the worse I’ve ever seen in my career.”

While this was going on, they Mayor appeared unconcerned as she hung out at Inner Harbor and played games. Perhaps that is the advice she received from Barack Obama last week when they huddled at the White House.

The Progressive Nirvana Policing means police must mingle with people who might be the most dangerous elements or just people who hate them. They are being told to interact positively as if they were the community welcoming committee.

If Obama has his way and nationalizes the police, we can all look to this “softer look” policing.