Crime Soars, Arrests Plummet in Baltimore


Residents of West Baltimore are feeling the instant karma these days after six officers were indicted on charges as severe as murder in the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries he apparently received while in custody but which may have been self-inflicted.

The exact cause of Gray’s injuries has been questioned, and at least one witness has said that Gray may have caused them himself.

In any event, the prosecutor in charge of the case — whose resignation has been called for by the police union and some critics — very quickly filed charges against six officers in the case and sought a grand jury indictment.

Immediately after Gray’s death, of course, there were several days of rioting stirred up by the usual paid thugs as police stood by.

Several sources have said the police were ordered to stand down while rioters made a mess and assaulted people, and Baltimore’s mayor spurred those rumors when she said protesters were given “space to destroy,” though she later denied that she meant it.

During it all, police in Baltimore (and throughout the country for that matter) had to hear an unending stream of tirades and accusations about their alleged brutality and racism.

Since then, in states across the country, there have been reports of police officers being mobbed when they’ve tried to apprehend suspects or even just responded to calls.

The meme of “black lives matter” has not so subtly morphed into “f*** the cops.”

I sure wouldn’t want to be a police officer in a city right now. In the past week or so, officers have been assaulted by mobs in Newburgh, N.Y., and Orlando.

But Baltimore apparently got what it wanted, for the police to leave residents alone, and the results have been phenomenal.

An economic boom? Revived community? New Renaissance?

Hardly.

Crime has soared, with 39 homicides this month, the highest monthly total since 1999. Meanwhile, arrests are down 50 percent.

Residents are complaining to the media and community leaders that they don’t feel safe in their homes,  with people afraid to let their children out of the house and families sometimes waking up to find bullet holes in their windows and walls.

The Associated Press ran a story this week about the rising crime in the city. One of the subjects of the article said she not only had bars on her windows but had now installed metal plates to try to stop bullets after her brother was shot to death.

The telltale sentence is buried in the story, but it says everything:

“Now West Baltimore residents worry they’ve been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them. In recent weeks, some neighborhoods have become like the Wild West without a lawman around, residents said.”

Payback’s a bear.

Don’t slap the hand that protects you.

People who live in glass houses … etc.

Pick your aphorism. Most of them can apply to what’s happening in Baltimore.

By the way, Baltimore? Heavy into gun control, which the White House suggested this week the city needs more of.

Yeah, cuz there ain’t enough victims there already. …

It could be funny if people weren’t getting hurt.

It puts me in mind of a line uttered by the Joker in “The Dark Knight”: “Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!”

I don’t know about fair, but what’s happening in Baltimore right now is the inevitable result of liberals stirring up trouble in the first place.

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