Skip to comments.Baltimore Asks Governor For Help, While Being Unwilling To Help Itself
Posted on 08/24/2019 7:40:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
With the number of murders in Baltimore quickly approaching 300 (as it’s done annually for the past several years) and the total number of shootings nearing 700, interim Mayor Jack Young took a meeting with Governor Larry Hogan this week to ask for help. His Police Commissioner also attended. While everyone agreed that the subject was important and the meeting was productive, it remains to be seen what more the state can actually do if leaders in Baltimore aren’t willing to take steps to help themselves. (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimores mayor and police commissioner met for more than an hour Friday with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, seeking more state support for fighting crime in the city amid a surging rate of gun violence.
Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young asked Hogan for more state police deployments in the city, more staff for parole and probation in Baltimore and the release of $7 million in funding for technology upgrades in the Baltimore Police Department.
Hogan, Young and Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison all called the meeting at the governors Baltimore office productive.
Hogan reportedly was open to freeing up more money and cooperation with state police to bolster law enforcement in the city. But he also had a list of his own “suggestions” for ways Baltimore could better cope with the surging gun violence. Sadly, many of his proposals involve legislation that’s already been shot down at the municipal level and stalled at the state level, largely because of resistance from legislators from the greater Baltimore region.
For their part, the Mayor and the Police Commissioner mostly are asking for more money and to have state police pick up some of the required duties in the city. Asking for more money is nothing new and better cooperation between state and municipal law enforcement is certainly a worthy goal. But we should remember that most of the initiatives that might actually help curb gang violence have already been defeated.
Just this week we saw the same Police Commissioner who was in that meeting turn down a program what would have put three video surveillance planes up over the city to track violent criminals. And it would have been absolutely free to taxpayers.
Part of the money they are asking for would be slated for technology upgrades. That sounds great, but even the facial recognition technology they have in place right now is under fire and Baltimore’s own congressman, Elijah Cummings, is fighting to get it banned.
When the city attempted to pass tougher laws for gun crimes, particularly for first-time offenders, the City Council rejected it almost unanimously. A similar state law failed when it garnered almost zero support from the Democrats representing the Baltimore region.
How is the Governor supposed to help Baltimore when the city refuses to help itself? Everyone is focused on making sure the police don’t have “too much power” while they watch an epidemic of gang violence spiraling out of control.
Well, I tried to help. I wrote the Mayor and suggested that part of the crime problem was because of the heavy restrictions on defensive rights of law-abiding citizens, which could be easily reversed. Of course I got no answer.
amid a surging rate of gun violence...
I heard the black guns are the most violent.
Well, guns from broken homes in general.
Guns without a father are five times more likely to pull their own trigger.
Stop and frisk emphasis patrols. I was city manager 10 years ago and we had 9 murders. I called the chief into my office and gave him his marching orders. He arranged on any given night over the next 6 weeks to have 20+ LEOs on duty. We had several other local agencies participate including sheriff’s deputies from 3 counties, police officers from cities 45 miles away, and state patrol. The final tally was no more murders and 77 felony warrant arrests.
I should mention that we were a city of 16,500 with a local Police force of 25.
If the Baltimore mayor is asking for Hogan’s help, it’s only so he can later blame “Whitey Republican” for the mess — even though Hogan is a never-Trump RINO POS thru-n-thru.
All of these atrocious conditions in these Rat run cities and states are taylor made for an opposition party to take advantage of. All you have to do is run commercials and town hall meetings on the dismal failure of leftist policies and offer the people a real alternative and then deliver. But as we know,the Pubes couldn’t find their ass with both hands.
i believe in helping those that at least try (and can) help themselves
This is a culture problem and technology cannot solve it.
If they instituted some basic traditions of civil order, they would not need the tech. I suggest some rules like “thou shalt not kill” and “thou shalt not steal”. These would go a long way towards resolving the issues present.
Three mass shootings every day in the six counties that voted for evil pygmy witch...
Just get Elijah “Super Fly” Cummings to help.
It’s his area, after all.
Dems need a permanent underclass living in crime-ridden shitholes to survive so they can blame others.
“Operation Triggerlock” was highly successful until a certain segment began to deride it with a word rhyming with “trigger”.
But it WORKED.
"Thou shalt not commit adultery [or fornication]" but LBJ and his not-so-great-society thought otherwise.
Thanks. The biggest percentage were Hispanics. Go figure in Washington state agriculture country...
I think you meant “the biggest percentage were illegals”.
We don’t need to PC-speak here!
Cheers = FRegards!
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