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Monday, January 22, 2018
Baltimore sacks its police chief after record breaking year for homicides
The following article appeared in
Powerline on January 20th
Washington Post reports that Baltimore’s mayor has abruptly replaced Police
Commissioner Kevin Davis weeks after the city ended 2017 with a record-setting
homicide rate. The mayor, Catherine Pugh, was responding to increased pressure
to control crime.
Violent crime began spiraling out of
control in Baltimore after the police came under attack by local politicians
following the accidental death of Freddy Gray in 2015. As we discussed here,
police officers responded to the criticism by policing less proactively, and
the murder rate soared.
The Obama DOJ then made matters worse
by citing the police department for alleged discrimination against blacks. As
evidence of “discrimination,” the
DOJ noted that officers make a “disproportionate” amount of stops and
arrests in certain predominantly black neighborhoods. But these are the
neighborhoods in which violent crime is most prevalent.
As the police force became
increasingly passive, the homicide rate continued to rise. Baltimore finished
2017 with a record-breaking 343 homicides, making it one of the deadliest
cities in the country, according to the
The police chief, brought in not that
long after the Freddy Gray riots, was in an impossible situation. He was tasked
with driving down violent crime while reforming the department to satisfy federal
bureaucrats who want less real policing in high crime areas.
Fortunately, it looks like the new
chief, Darryl DeSouza, won’t have to labor under this burden. The mayor is
under intense political pressure to improve public safety. Accordingly, DeSouza
has pledged to stem the bloodshed through “real, active, constitutional
policing.” To make good on this pledge, he immediately dispatched an extra
contingent of uniformed officers to the streets, according to the Post.
Which streets? The Post doesn’t say.
But I’m betting he sent the officers into the areas where the problem of
violent crime is most acute, without worrying about the race of those who will
be stopped and arrested there.
One hopes that the Justice Department
won’t be too displeased. It is, after all, under new and very different
In any case, DeSouza reports to the
mayor of Baltimore, not to the DOJ. And he works for the people of Baltimore,
not for federal bureaucrats.
There is no guarantee, however, that
DeSouza and Pugh can put the homicide genie back in the bottle. When the
institutions charged with promoting public safety come under sustained attack,
they crack, usually with long term adverse consequences.
A liberal is someone who doesn’t
understand this. A radical is someone who understands it all too well.
Former Commissioner Anthony Batts
Ed. “Is this going to be the tactic, where police don't feel supported, so
they allow the crime rate to go up, and the reformers lose their job?" asked
former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
Batts had accused
police of “taking a knee” after the Freddie Gray riots in 2015, “…allowing
crime to spike because they felt a lack of support from commanders.”
Commanders were not
supporting officers, but more importantly, these rank and file officers were
being singled out, accused of racism; their every move, every arrest and
interaction with the public viewed as a confrontation resulting from contempt
for Black residents of Baltimore, whether the suspects were guilty of criminal
activity or not.
So of COURSE officers ‘took
a knee.’ In self-defense. Police in Chicago have done the same, literally
frightened that their next arrest could result in a politically motivated
indictment, a mock trial and prison time.
Batts was fired in July
of 2015, after the Gray riots and resulting increase in the murder rate. And
now Davis has been turned loose after a year in which a record number of
homicides were recorded. The crime rate will continue to rise as long as Black thug groups and liberal activist outfits like the ACLU threaten police with reprisals for doing their job.