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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
More fallout from the demonizing of Baltimore’s police force
The following article appeared in
Powerline on March 19th
Johns Hopkins University wants
to form its own police department with armed, sworn police officers to
patrol its university and hospital campuses. The University already has its own
security personnel, approximately 1,000 strong. Even so, last Fall there were
16 gunpoint robberies around its main campus in Baltimore.
Thus, the Baltimore delegation to the
state general assembly will propose legislation to enable Hopkins to have its
own police department. The plan has the support of Baltimore’s police chief and
Baltimore riots after Freddie Gray case
Activists and some local politicians
are wary of the idea, though. So, apparently is the Washington Post. Reporters
Ian Duncan and Talia Richman write
darkly about “a new force of uniformed, armed and sworn officers controlled
by an institution with a historically troubled relationship with Baltimore’s
African American community, at a time when policing in Baltimore is under
As far as I can tell, the
“historically troubled relationship” refers to unhappiness
with practices of the University’s hospital. Most of the events that gave rise
to the unhappiness are ancient, none is current, and none appears to have
anything to do with policing. They form no valid basis for preventing Hopkins
from protecting students and staff, via a police force, from armed robbery and
The fact that the Baltimore police
department is under federal scrutiny is relevant, but not in the way the Post
suggests. The attack on Baltimore police officers that began with Freddy Gray’s
death and produced a deeply
flawed report by the Obama Justice Department is a major reason why violent
crime has soared,
and thus why Hopkins needs its own police force.
Six Baltimore police officers found not guilty in Gray killing
Baltimore’s police force is about
1,000 officers short of what it needs to effectively police the city, according
to the mayor. As we
noted two years ago, this problem stems to a considerable degree from the
demonizing of the police after Gray’s death, which demoralized
officers and caused them to seek work elsewhere.
It isn’t just Johns Hopkins that has
responded by looking beyond the government to meet its security needs.
According to the Post, “several communities are turning to private guards to
supplement [the] police department.”
This is the legacy of the pandering
by local politicians and the Obama Justice Department to the Black Lives Matter
movement following Gray’s death: violent crime at record highs and private
communities and institutions scrambling to form their own policing forces to