Unlike Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanual, Baltimore’s mayor is basically begging for help from the FBI as her city's murder rate spirals out of control ahead of what is typically the most violent months of the year. Per CBS Baltimore:
“I’m calling on all the assistance we can possibly get because I can’t imagine going into our summer months with our crime rate where it is today, what that’s going to look like by the end of the summer,” says Mayor Catherine Pugh.
“Murder is out of control,” says Pugh.
“We are looking for all the help that we can get,” she says.
According to data from the Baltimore Sun, violence in the city has reached a crisis level, with the number of killings shattering a 20-year high for the first 4 months of 2017. At the current run rate, 2017 homicides in Baltimore could surpass 400 for the first time since at least 1990.
And while the 800 murders recorded in Chicago in 2016 was a staggering figure, on a per capita basis, homicides in Baltimore were nearly double that of Chicago and looks set to vault into the number one spot nationwide in 2017.
Meanwhile, Baltimore public safety expert Rob Weinhold, who isn’t sure the FBI alone will be effective, has called on support from the U.S. Marshall Service as well.
“I don’t think relying on federal resources is a new strategy at all, in fact, I think the devil is in the detail. You can talk about the FBI and that’s fine, but I’d actually like to see more emphasis on drug enforcement administration, ATF, and the Marshall service to get these folks who are wanted on warrants off the street,” says Weinhold.
Of course, we're almost certain that rising homicides in Baltimore, like in Chicago, are the direct result of racist cops and nothing more.