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Sunday, January 21, 2018
Looking for ‘new ideas,’ Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner
Before the incident involving the
death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the city of Baltimore had one of the
highest crime rates in the country.
Since the riots that tore the city
apart and the federal government putting the city's police under the
microscope, it's only gotten worse. The police are refusing
to patrol high-crime areas for fear that they will be involved in a shooting
incident with a civilian. And since former mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake gave the "protesters" permission to riot, the sense of law and order has
become even more frayed.
Whose fault is it? Current
mayor Catherine Pugh thinks it's because police commissioner Kevin Davis isn't
reducing the sky-high murder rate fast enough and blames him for the chaos in
DeSousa said one of his
first initiatives is to temporarily put more officers on the streets – largely
by transferring administrative officers and detectives to patrol duties – and
to place them in "strategic locations," such as areas near
His promotion comes
after Baltimore tallied more than 340 homicides in 2017 – the highest yearly
number on record there in more than two decades.
impatient," Pugh said in a news conference Friday
morning. "We need violence reduction. We need the
numbers to go down faster than they are."
Former commissioner Davis could have
put more officers on the street. Why get rid of him?
DeSousa didn't say how
many more officers would be on patrol, and he at one point declined to say how
long this surge would last, other than that it would go "for a
He also said the
current increase was deliberately timed to coincide with the first anniversary
of a 13-day stretch – January 19 through 31, 2017 – during which the city had
an "unacceptable" count of 18 homicides and 40 nonfatal shootings.
"I think that this
initiative during this next 13-day period is going to be very effective,"
DeSousa said his main
priorities were to reduce violence and crack down on violent, repeat offenders.
"I have a real
strong message for the trigger-pullers: [w]e're coming after them," he
said. "It's going to be (an) accelerated pace. The
district commanders in all nine districts know who they are. And
we're coming after them."
Not very "creative," is
it? At the risk of stating the obvious, more police officers on the
streets is fine but hardly a long-term solution. What's needed is a
culture change in the department that will give officers confidence that when
they go into battle against the animals running wild in the city, the
politicians and their superiors will have their backs.
It will take years to repair the
damage done by both the corruption in the department and the
loss of confidence in the politicians who run the city. It's ironic
that the "crackdown on repeat violent offenders" being planned by the
new commissioner is one of the oldest ideas in policing and hardly new or
But that's where the city's
government has fallen down. If you coddle criminals, they won't be
grateful. They will take full advantage of your wrongheaded
"solutions" to violent crime and make life miserable for residents.
Ed. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted police for the Freddie Gray death, called them everything but milk cows, attempted to put them in jail, yet lost each case she brought. Police were threatened with imprisonment and intimidated on a daily basis.
The leftist officials in charge of the City of Baltimore have caused police officers to assume a thoroughly fetal position, all in defense of their life and liberty, yet the mayor wonders why crime is spiraling out of control! Incredible.