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Baltimore City Residents Take a Stand Against Violence on National Night Out
Afro ^ | 8/7/13 | Krishana Davis

Posted on 08/08/2013 5:02:28 AM PDT by YourAdHere

Residents from Ednor Gardens to Park Heights stood as a united front against violence on the Aug. 6 for National Night Out (NNO), a citizen initiative to take back the streets.

Hundreds of Baltimoreans across the city gathered at more than 70 locations alongside the Baltimore police department, state and local officials and community leaders for a night of food, fun, games and resources in hope to curb a recent wave of violent crime.

Residents chowed down on Caribbean food from food trucks such as Black-owned Savannah’s Great Kitchen, manned by 14-year police veteran Sgt. James Glanville. Local Baltimore talent performed on stages across the city. Lil Key, 13, performed a slew of conscious, fun raps alongside a dance crew at Mondawmin Mall and Lake Montebello. Kids enjoyed football games and vendors provided residents with information about health insurance, mortgage workshops and community events.

Joyce Williams, a seven-year resident of Park Heights, said she heard about the National Night Out event at Mondawmin Mall on Facebook. She said she came for the free school supplies, which were exhausted in less than an hour.

Williams said she wants to see police officers work harder on curbing crime the in Baltimore.

“I think crime could be better in the city,” said Williams. “I haven’t personally seen any crazy issues.”

Councilman Brandon M. Scott, vice chair of the council’s public safety committee, said it is important that the city of Baltimore be a part of National Night Out because of the continuing history of violence here.

“It’s important for the city of Baltimore and residents across the community to come together and stand against crime,” said Scott. “It’s important for Baltimore because of the recent amount of crime in the city.”

A surge in violent crime in Baltimore, beginning at the start of summer triggered alarms among local residents. caused major alarm for Baltimore residents. During the first five days of summer 27 people were shot, nine of them fatally. Police, local officials and community leaders scrabbled as local residents demanded answers.

Scott said initiatives such as National Night Out, the recent 300-Man March which spanned 10 miles of North Ave., and Councilman Nick Mosby’s weekly “Enough is Enough” peace rallies in the 7th district are helping to mend and grow community-police relationships in the city and curb crime.

Baltimore police department records show that as of Aug. 6 141 homicides have occurred in the city, 14 more than at this time in 2012.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who visited multiple NNO locations, said despite the recent uptick in crime, Baltimore is moving towards a down swing in violent crime.

“We have to galvanize the community and police department to combat crime in the city,” said Brown. “We also need to bring resources to the residents of the city.”

In an effort to curb the increase in violence after a recent spike early in the summer, Kowalczyk said the police department is focusing their efforts on high crime areas around the city.

“Right now we’re deploying in hotspot areas and working on targeted enforcement,” said Kowalczyk. “Police are continuing to be engaged in hot spot areas.”

While Kowalcyzk said he could not go into detail about which areas in the city were hot spots, in a recent interview former police spokesperson Anthony Gugliemi said parts of the eastern and western districts have historically been trouble areas in the city.

Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, head of the police department’s community partnership division, said presence by law enforcement in an area is number one way to help curb crime in the city.

“Our crew is always working on how to stop violence,” said Russell. “Presence produces reduction… We are using faith walks and events like NNO to get the community to come together with us.”

But not every Baltimore resident believes the answer to curbing crime lies solely in presence and community partnerships.

Erika Montgomery, 39, who lives in East Rosemont, said the city’s upswing in crime is because of the lack of resources for youth in the city.

“There isn’t a lot for young kids to do,” said Montgomery. “There’s no recs and not a lot of pools. There’s nothing for these kids to do in the summer, but get into trouble.”

Montgomery said while her neighborhood is relatively quiet, she worries about her 19-year-old son. She said she tries to keep him active in sports and other activities to keep him from a more destructive lifestyle.

Mary Wallace, 85, attended National Night Out at Lake Montebello near her Ednor Gardens home where she has lived since 1976. She said Baltimore’s high crime numbers are a direct function of the city’s broken criminal justice system.

Wallace said perpetrators are not given harsh enough sentences. She said she supports the take-back-the-streets initiative.

“It gives kids and young people something to do besides roaming the streets,” said Wallace. “It’s the one time they really have something to do in the city.”

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To: GeronL
Are they standing against the gangsta culture? single parent families? welfare mentality?

The representatives say they want the police to stop the crime and get the criminals off the street. When the police go into those neighborhoods to investigate the crimes so they can find the perps and get them off the street, the constituents of these same representatives won't talk to them. Their solution is that the police just need to work harder.

21 posted on 08/08/2013 5:26:38 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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22 posted on 08/08/2013 5:26:58 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: R. Scott

When I was a kid there was plenty to do in summer, with zero cash. We were kicked out of the house at breakfast, met up with the other kids on our bikes, showed up at somebody’s house for lunch, home for dinner, out again for hide-and-seek in the dark. Crime was never a problem.

23 posted on 08/08/2013 5:29:21 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

Now there are crooks, thugs and pervs on every corner

24 posted on 08/08/2013 5:30:35 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: johniegrad

There’s a good reason we call it Baltimordor.

25 posted on 08/08/2013 5:30:48 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: GeronL

Back in June, I drove on US 40, the original National Hiway west, from Fort McKinley out of Baltimore. The city is appalling. The row houses are perches for undershirted men. The corners are gathering places for knots of men.

The endless row houses are a mix of orderly to falling apart. The streets and sidewalks are dirty, trash laden. Although not like Deetroit, the Baltimore decay is severe.

One bridge had a pot hole with a pothole. The reinforcing steel was visible.

26 posted on 08/08/2013 5:33:53 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Squawk 8888

The good old days. It was the same with me but occasionally I’d be grounded for several days at a time for minor offenses.

27 posted on 08/08/2013 5:37:37 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: bert

Every major city is looking like that. All that tax revenue is going towards leftist pet projects instead of where its supposed to go

28 posted on 08/08/2013 5:37:55 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Red in Blue PA

That poll is as high as it is because of us Freepers. The site won’t take it down until the numbers reflect their opinion.

29 posted on 08/08/2013 5:40:51 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Boycott Starbucks.)
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To: YourAdHere
Williams said she wants to see police officers work harder on curbing crime the in Baltimore.

My my my my....a taxpayer who thinks that her civil servants are lazy and are milking her for a paycheck?

Have we a budding Conservative in Balmawr? It's a lonely trail.

30 posted on 08/08/2013 5:59:36 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: YourAdHere
I foresee the next day's headlines detailing the number of deaths that occurred DURING the National Night Out...probably within the very group that is putting this event together.

"Fight Over Baby Formula Leads To Mother's Death While Participating In National Night Out Event"

"Two mothers, participating in a National Night Out event, fought over ownership of a can of baby formula. One woman pulled a knife and repeatedly stabbed the other woman. Euthanasia Ann Gettys was pronounced dead at the scene..."

31 posted on 08/08/2013 6:36:46 AM PDT by moovova
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To: YourAdHere

Baltimore? What are the demographics of the city that lend itself to massive numbers of crime? Income? Political status? Surely it isn’t race.

32 posted on 08/08/2013 6:57:10 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: YourAdHere

This is a hoot. The liberal politicians think that they can get peace by having committee meetings and “public feels”.

What invariably happens is that there are going to be more shootings during “National Night Out”.

(Imagine with a Roger Rabbit voice) “But...but...but what we need is to comm-u-nicate with these youths, to help them express themselves. For everybody to sing “Give Peace and Chance” and hold hands!”

33 posted on 08/08/2013 6:58:07 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

It’s the other 364 nights where the violence occurs; this one night is a joke. The criminal are at home, reloading, smoking crack and beating their ho’s.

34 posted on 08/08/2013 7:02:57 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

What a pathetic joke. The night-out participants likely had many armed security guards in the shadows. These starry-eyed idealists shake inside their houses after the sun sets for 364 nights each year. Most have barred windows in their houses to keep out the feral zombies.

35 posted on 08/08/2013 7:20:34 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: ogen hal

They have the same crap “safe night out” up here in York, PA, with street fairs, cops all over the place, fire depts, blockades on downtown streets, and it’s a paradise for libs and race-baiters.

3-4 blocks off the downtown main streets, in many areas, it’s looks like Baghdad or Mogadishu, but nothing is ever done there. In the 50s, when our Family visited from out-of-state, I remember that those were beautiful, well-kept ethnic neighborhoods; now they’re hellholes from ghetto-rat filth running everyone else out and crime soaring off-the-charts.

I live in affluent East York, and we’re almost all extremely well-armed. If they showed-up here, the feral youth herds would be culled to zero. Stacked like cordwood, in vacant lots.

36 posted on 08/08/2013 7:38:09 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: YourAdHere

They want to stop the violence? The solution is easy: get young, black males off the streets, and 99% of the violence will stop.

37 posted on 08/08/2013 7:54:31 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Altura Ct.

Or until the cops arrest too many blacks. then its just racist

38 posted on 08/08/2013 10:07:11 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: YourAdHere
You want to get rid of the crime? Eliminate the malignant Black Culture and the rotten personal attitudes in the black community.

Problem solved.

Everything else is a waste of time and money.

39 posted on 08/08/2013 10:21:48 AM PDT by Gritty (The real story of Detroit: private enterprise built it, government destroyed it!-Peter Schiff)
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To: YourAdHere; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Want to take back your streets? Purchase some firearms before Oct. 1.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!

40 posted on 08/08/2013 12:58:03 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am in charge!)
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