Baltimore Cops: Public Wanted Softer Police Presence, They Got It

by William Teach | June 11, 2015 7:46 am

This is a case of the age old wisdom “be careful what you wish for. You might get it”

(Mediaite[1]) Two Baltimore police officers spoke through voice-altering technology[2] to CNN’s Brooke BaldwinWednesday morning, telling her that cops are in a “reactionary mode” since the criticism of the department over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

Violence has spiked in Baltimore[3] since a supposed “police slowdown,”[4] in which officers pull back from their duties when they feel a lack of city and community support. The officers said police are still responding to emergency requests, but have stopped initiating policing, instead retreating into a “reactionary mode.”

“Even though you have reasonable suspicion…nine out of 10 times, that officer is going to keep on driving,” one officer said.

“The criminal element feels as though that we’re not going to run the risk of chasing them if they are armed with a gun, and they’re using this opportunity to settle old beefs, or scores, with people that they have conflict with,” the officer said. “I think the public really, really sees that they asked for a softer, less aggressive police department, and we have given them that, and now they are realizing that their way of thinking does not work.”

Crime was already high in Democrat run Baltimore. Neighborhood Scout[5] ranks Baltimore as a 3, meaning that it is safer than just 3 percent of US cities. The violent crime rate is 14.28 per 1,000 residents. The national average is 3.8. There’s a 1 in 70 chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Baltimore. The property crime rate is double the US rate. All of this was occurring when police were being proactive. What will it be now that the BPD has given the people what they want?

Who does this hurt the most? The very people who learn to hate the police and have been railing against the police the most, the Black community of Baltimore, where the crime rate is the highest. And now going higher. The vast majority of the murders, shootings, stabbings, and other violent crime is occurring in the Black reservations that Democrats, who have controlled the city since the late 1960’s, have created in Baltimore. They wanted a softer police presence, now they have it. And it’s not working out so well.

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