Baltimore Homicides Already Match Whole of 2014 as Town Remains Torn Apart By Racial Divide

Baltimore Homicides Already Match Whole of 2014 as Town Remains Torn Apart By Racial Divide

Baltimore remains a haven for lawlessness as city “leaders” continue to bungle the disharmony in the Maryland city. According to a Daily Mail report, Baltimore has already seen as many homicides in 2015 s they saw in all of 2014 and it’s likely to only get worse.

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Baltimore has recorded 200 homicides so far this year – compared with 211 for the whole of last year.

The city reached the grim milestone on Monday, when two men died in separate shootings.

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The surge in violence started in April when the death of black man Freddie Gray in police custody sparked riots across Baltimore.

But instead of the unrest subsiding, it seems to be getting worse – with last month being the city’s bloodiest since 1972, with 45 homicides in total in July.

On Monday an unnamed man was shot in the 2700 block of the Alameda, near Clifton Park in Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello, reported the Baltimore Sun. The victim was declared dead at the scene.

Meanwhile a man who had been shot Sunday at Navarro and Groveland avenues in the West Arlington neighborhood died on Monday of his injuries.

The same day, a photo emerged of a Baltimore officer pointing a gun during a confrontation Sunday with dirt bikers, bicyclists and onlookers in the city.

Police in riot gear cleared the crowd from a street near Druid Hill Park after they said some had thrown objects at officers. The photo was taken by City Paper contributor Noah Scialom.

And on Saturday the city saw a protest rally organized by the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly on the eve of the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, also at the hands of police.

The rally and march began at one of the sites of unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore’s killings began to spike dramatically in May, with 42 in a single month.

There was a brief dip in June, with 29, then another rise in July.

The rise has prompted interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to form a task force with 10 federal agents helping the embattled city’s homicide detectives.

The move was announced on Auguest 3 by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. She said the Baltimore Federal Homicide Task Force will be a partnership of five federal agencies that will embed their special agents with Baltimore officers.

Freddie Gray died on April 19, a week after suffering a critical spinal injury in the back of a police van while being arrested in Baltimore. His death spurred days of protests followed by rioting and looting in the Maryland city.

Six officers have been charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanor assault to ‘depraved-heart’ murder, after bystanders said they heard Grey heard screaming in pain as he was put into the van.

He continued to scream during the journey, during which he was put in additional restraints. He was eventually given medical attention but slipped into a coma.

In a motion filed last Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court, defense attorneys alleged that investigators for the Baltimore Police Department had information that Gray had a history of intentionally injuring himself in order to collect insurance money.

The attorneys allege in the filing that police investigators knew that Gray once injured himself so severely while in a Baltimore jail that he required medical attention.

When police investigators tried to follow up on the evidence, Assistant State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe told them ‘not to do the defense attorneys’ jobs for them’, according to the lawyers.

Rochelle Ritchie, spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, declined to comment on the recent filing.

The longer we, as a society, indulge this brand of lawlessness and thuggery masquerading as a quest for social justice, the longer cities like Baltimore will be torn-apart along racial lines.

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