Earlier this week I reported that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake endorsed the rioters that destroyed millions of dollars of public and private property following the death of Freddie Gray. After dozens of businesses were broken into and looted, cars burned and a number of physical assaults occurred, Rawlings-Blake told the citizens of Baltimore:
“While we tried to make sure that (protestors) were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”
It now appears that the homicide rate in her city reflects Rawlings-Blake’s liberal attitude to lawlessness and the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the Baltimore police is far from the only homicide.
According to a report, there were 43 murders in May, making it the deadliest month in 43 years and third deadliest month in over 44 years. Since 1970, the five months with the highest homicide rates are:
- August 1972 – 45
- December 1971 – 44
- May 2015 – 43
- August 1990 – 42
- August 1996 – 39
To add to the seriousness of the current homicide rate is the change in the population numbers between the earlier record homicide months and now. In 1970, the US Census listed the population of Baltimore at 906,000. The current population is estimated to be only 622,000. To put it another way, there was 1 homicide per every 20,133 people in August 1972. Last month, there was 1 homicide per every 14,465 people or an increase of 39% over the record August 1972 homicide rate.
Perhaps one of the reasons for the increased homicide rate is that the number of arrested for any crime has precipitously dropped since Rawlings-Blake launched her war against the Baltimore police department. Either police are afraid to do their job for fear of being persecuted by the city’s mayor or they have pulled back from making many arrests as their form or protest against the mayor.
All I can say is that the current homicide clearly reflects the liberal policies of a liberal mayor who promotes the destruction of her city.