Baltimore’s best mayor evah presides over homicide rate not seen in nearly half a century

posted at 1:01 pm on August 1, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

You may recall that earlier this year, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was named President of the US Conference of Mayors for her outstanding work in serving the people of her city and demonstrating innovation in turning things around. As part of that process, she decided to summarily fire Police Commissioner Anthony Batts back in the beginning of July. To say the least, I expressed some reservations about the move, particularly considering that most of the questionable tactics employed by the cops during the Freddy Gray riots were handed down from City Hall. But who am I to second guess the Best Mayor in America? Maybe she’s on to something.

Let’s check in and see.

Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

Police reported three deaths — two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals.

With their deaths, this year’s homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July’s end in 2014. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July’s total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The expert analysts weighing in on this subject on the city’s behalf are citing all manner of factors including distrust of the police, high unemployment, lack of opportunity and the rest of the usual political talking points. The cops, on the other hand, point out politically unfortunate factors such as turf wars between drug dealers and new, rising black markets fueled by a boatload of prescription pills looted from the pharmacy during the riots.

Perched on a friend’s stoop, Sherry Moore, 55, said she knew “mostly all” of the young men killed recently in West Baltimore, including an 18-year-old fatally shot a half-block away. Moore said many more pills are on the street since the riot, making people wilder than usual.

“The ones doing the violence, the shootings, they’re eating Percocet like candy and they’re not thinking about consequences. They have no discipline, they have no respect — they think this is a game. How many can I put down on the East side? How many can I put down on the West side?”

How’s that community outreach thing going? From the sound of it, not all that great. CNN has done an interesting series of incognito interviews with members of the Baltimore Police force who didn’t wish to be identified but said that things are just a mess. (Some of the video can be viewed here.) The cops are increasingly afraid to do their jobs. They are facing an emboldened criminal class at the same time as they wonder if their leadership will have their backs if they take an aggressive stance against gang violence. I have to sympathize with them on that point. How quickly would you be running down an ally after an armed suspect if you knew that, in the event you had to shoot it out, the aftermath would be moderated on live television by Al Sharpton?

Whatever Rawlings-Blake is doing in Baltimore isn’t working. Perhaps rather than blaming the cops on the beat or dreaming up new social interaction schemes, the city might look at asking her to step down and turn the job over to somebody capable of restoring some semblance of law and order in the streets.


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Whoever said there is no harm in affirmative action.

jmtham156 on August 1, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Black lives matter!

That is sooo yesterday.

coldwarrior on August 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

She’s not quite as repulsive as Mosby.

jmtham156 on August 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Has any black mayor evah been anything but a fkg. failure or corrupt?

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Pffffft. Why would anyone want her to step down?

Her skin color makes her eminently qualified to be mayor, no matter how bad at the job she really is.

Its someone else’s fault, naturally. Plus I blame global warming. And the confederate flag.

Dolce Far Niente on August 1, 2015 at 1:07 PM

Lets see, for the year 2013, 6700 blacks were killed by other blacks and 240 blacks were killed by cops.
Which is the biggest problem?

jmtham156 on August 1, 2015 at 1:08 PM

She’s an affirmative action twofer. Female and black. So, she is either going to be twice as successful or twice as incompetent. Looks like it’s the latter. I’d say she has a brilliant career ahead of her in the communist party(aka Dem. party). She is definitely POTUS material in waiting. Prolly the next guv. of Maryland, then the WH.

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Her middle name s/b ChiponShoulder.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2015 at 1:18 PM

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 1:13 PM

She’s in a 3rd protective class. Over 40.
She ain’t going no where.

bazil9 on August 1, 2015 at 1:18 PM

She’s given the criminals of Baltimore their self-esteem back. They’re not afraid to be themselves anymore.

RBMN on August 1, 2015 at 1:18 PM

What’s your next move genius? Start firing police officers?

WisCon on August 1, 2015 at 1:19 PM

When it’s all Black on Black, it don’t mean squat! She does help cutting down those baby daddy’s, blacks and welfare rolls.

hardrock230 on August 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM

jmtham156 on August 1, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Silly, you. The 240 killed by cops trumps any number killed by black on black crime. The commies can’t use black on black crime to keep the whitey is a racist meme alive. As long as one white male exists in any universe, the libbies will play the race card. It’s all they have to keep the blacks on the commie plantation. Doesn’t say much for the intelligence of blacks who are so easily brainwashed. Plus, it gives them an easy way to escape accountability for their actions and lack of accomplishment. Owning blacks as slaves has never been abolished. The only thing that has changed is that Southern Plantation owners are no longer the slave masters. The Fed. gubmint controlled by both dems. and the GOPe is the new black slave master.

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Democracy in action.

Go liberals – they’re the best.

rpupton on August 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Dolce Far Niente on August 1, 2015 at 1:07 PM

Pssst…. don’t forget Bush, Dolce.

justltl on August 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM

To ask her to step down would be racist and a war on women. Since Baltimore is apparently following the Chigago playbook of “good city management” I suggest that all that’s really necessary are more gun laws. That always solves everything, and if it doesn’t, double-down.

tpitman on August 1, 2015 at 1:28 PM

They need more Democrats in office.
And higher taxes.
And gun control.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

justltl on August 1, 2015 at 1:30 PM

RACIST

DEMOCRAT

PIGS

TX-96 on August 1, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Too many continue to die on our streets,” Rawlings-Blake said.

Huh, so what’s the optimum number of murders on our streets?

Akzed on August 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Let. It. Burn.

pain train on August 1, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Heckuva job Ms. Rawlings Hyphen Blake! I see a raise and federal promotion in her future.

ghostwalker1 on August 1, 2015 at 1:44 PM

CHUDI!!!

Judge_Dredd on August 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Liberal pig.

rplat on August 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Has any black mayor evah been anything but a fkg. failure or corrupt?

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Yes.

Consider the politics and ideology first and not the color, please.

jazzuscounty on August 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Maybe the cops weren’t the problem in Baltimore after all.

celt on August 1, 2015 at 1:46 PM

I meant no! Proofread (not to self) before submit.

jazzuscounty on August 1, 2015 at 1:47 PM

As someone who grew up just outside Baltimore (Towson area), this $hit really pisses me off! Baltimore is a great city and has a lot to offer visitors but this POS Democrat Affirmative-Action mayor couldn’t manage a daycare center and it shows.

Of course the police don’t give a $hit about the violence. Why should they? At this point they’re either close to retirement or they’re applying to other counties around/near Baltimore city and hoping they don’t get shot and killed or hemmed up for doing their job!

ManWithNoName on August 1, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Good golly Miss Molly (note to self)

jazzuscounty on August 1, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Consider the politics and ideology first and not the color, please.

jazzuscounty on August 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

+100

Theophile on August 1, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Baltimore news also has a weekly Youths Attack ______ headline.

Take a wild guess who the Youths are, exclusively.

Moesart on August 1, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Black America owns this disaster.

ConstantineXI on August 1, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Black privilege.

Pork-Chop on August 1, 2015 at 2:02 PM

She’s given the criminals of Baltimore their self-esteem back. They’re not afraid to be themselves anymore.

RBMN on August 1, 2015 at 1:18 PM

This.

Maybe the cops weren’t the problem in Baltimore after all.

celt on August 1, 2015 at 1:46 PM

And this.

dorkintheroad on August 1, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Let. It. Burn.

pain train on August 1, 2015 at 1:43 PM

I’m cool with that.

BallisticBob on August 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM

If Obama had a third daughter that lived.

CWforFreedom on August 1, 2015 at 2:07 PM

You couldn’t pay me enough to live in Balmer or Merlund.

Christien on August 1, 2015 at 2:10 PM

So the police are afraid that they will be accountable for lying, breaking the law, and abusing people.

And people think that the cops have a point? Really?

Snake307 on August 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

(T)he city might look at asking her to step down and turn the job over to somebody capable of restoring some semblance of law and order in the streets.

The only way law and order will return to the streets of Baltimore will be if these lawbreaking punks are allowed to kill each other. Cops should step in only to help rescue sick or injured children, and let the criminal class do what they do best.

Otherwise, all the cops should be doing is containment.

#AllOutOf$hitsToGive

Maddie on August 1, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Urban decay, it’s what Democrats do.

petefrt on August 1, 2015 at 2:20 PM

The expert analysts weighing in on this subject on the city’s behalf are citing all manner of factors including distrust of the police, high unemployment, lack of opportunity and the rest of the usual political talking points.

With the left, it’s never their fault or the fault of their policies.

Urban decay, it’s what Democrats do.

petefrt on August 1, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Decades of evidence – and practice.

Athos on August 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM

I wonder if firebombing will make a comeback? That use to be big in Bulletmore. You could wipe out an entire family with a few gas bombs.

They said there was a big war between prison gang factions that has spilled out on the streets. Might explain the execution style deaths of a woman and her son in their home at the beginning of summer.

Blake on August 1, 2015 at 2:27 PM

#blacklivesmatter

unclesmrgol on August 1, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Two losers: Rawlings-Blake and Mosby. No wonder Baltimore has reached new lows.

leader4hru on August 1, 2015 at 2:33 PM

So much easier to point finger at cops in Freddy Moore case than address the off the charts crime rates in the city. Rawlings/Blake and Mosby must of yelled: Thank you, Jesus!! — when they heard of the Moore death.

Blake on August 1, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Murders that are carried out by local, inner-city, black citizens, DON’T COUNT…

DON’T COUNT…

DON’T COUNT…

DON’T COUNT…

DON’T COUNT…

DON’T COUNT…

DON’T COUNT…

DON’T COUNT…

DON’T COUNT…

listens2glenn on August 1, 2015 at 2:38 PM

So the police are afraid that they will be accountable for lying, breaking the law, and abusing people.

And people think that the cops have a point? Really?

Snake307 on August 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

I guess black lives don’t count if you are a liberal and they weren’t killed by a police officer.

To a liberal blacks only matter if they can be used to further the ideological goals of liberalism.

sharrukin on August 1, 2015 at 2:44 PM

She acted stupidly.

Time for a colt 45 malt liquor summit.

SpongePuppy on August 1, 2015 at 2:44 PM

“Yo, Dawg. She be black, she be a woman, she be Democrat and she have a double las’ name. Dat mean she be da bes’ mayor goin’. Don’ y’all be dissin’ Stephanie.”

ricoliv on August 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

We need SHAFT

Dr.Twang on August 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Nancy Alessandro Pelosi’s hometown. What a surprise!

Christien on August 1, 2015 at 3:06 PM

So the police are afraid that they will be accountable for lying, breaking the law, and abusing people.

And people think that the cops have a point? Really?

Snake307 on August 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

And this has what to do with blacks killing each other in record numbers?

dorkintheroad on August 1, 2015 at 3:08 PM

Baltimore got the government it deserves

Iblis on August 1, 2015 at 3:17 PM

jazzuscounty on August 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

So name me one black mayor of a major city that has not been incomepetent, corrupt or worth a shit.

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Clearly it’s time for Baltimore to ban the Confederate flag.

xblade on August 1, 2015 at 3:54 PM

So the police are afraid that they will be accountable for lying, breaking the law, and abusing people.

And people think that the cops have a point? Really?

Snake307 on August 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

DA tells cops to patrol corner. Cops patrol corner. Cops bust petty criminal. Cops put petty criminal in police van. Petty criminal is injured by unknown mechanism and dies. DA charges cops with murder.

There wasn’t a single thing that the police did that wasn’t routine. There wasn’t a single thing the cops did that was out of line. And they have been charged with murder. MURDER.

I’d be watching my back, too. It’s bad when the mayor and DA sing the praises of criminals and punish law enforcement for trying to do their jobs.

talkingpoints on August 1, 2015 at 4:05 PM

We need SHAFT

Dr.Twang on August 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Shut yo mouth! :)

Blake on August 1, 2015 at 4:17 PM

Black lives matter!

coldwarrior on August 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

The zebras in Africa are tweeting about Cecil’s death: #WhiteOnBlackLivesMatter

GWB on August 1, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Time to call in Bunk & McNulty.

And Omar.

Don’t forget Omar…

Bruno Strozek on August 1, 2015 at 4:46 PM

This is what your mayor on crack.

This woman needs to go, but considering what town she’s mayor of, it ain’t likely to happen.

Andy__B on August 1, 2015 at 5:25 PM

I don’t care if they kill themselves. This is what they asked for, no cops and acting any violent, ignorant way they want to act. So, they can live with the consequences or die with them. Doesn’t matter at all to me.

blackgriffin on August 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Perhaps rather than blaming the cops on the beat or dreaming up new social interaction schemes, the city might look at asking her to step down and turn the job over to somebody capable of restoring some semblance of law and order in the streets.

I’m going to assume there’s some tongue-in-cheek in that last line. This is Baltimore.

BKeyser on August 1, 2015 at 5:29 PM

There were three Baltimoreans in 1972 for every two today. ergo Today’s murder rate is 50% higher than the worst month in prior history.

levi from queens on August 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Well, Jazz is getting better. This time his big error is one of omission, so that is progress.

He neglects to mention that Rawlings-Blake is the National Secretary the Democratic National Committee, generally considered the #3 spot after the Chairman and 1st Vice Chairman (I mean “chairperson-thingy,” pardon me).

This important information is conveniently omitted by most media.

Adjoran on August 1, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Hyphenated last name? Sure to be a phony and a loser. It’s a shorthand way of deciding whom not to vote for.

Mason on August 1, 2015 at 5:50 PM

#AllOutOfSh*tsToGive

rogerb on August 1, 2015 at 6:08 PM

jazzuscounty on August 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

So name me one black mayor of a major city that has not been incomepetent, corrupt or worth a shit.

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Frank Melton, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Of course, he took doing something about crime just a little too seriously, and was fought tooth-and-nail by a mostly black Democratic political machine in the city.

But isn’t that the whole point? It’s the Democratic political machine in Democratic-controlled cities that’s corrupt. See Chicago, for example. Or New Orleans. The race of the mayor is largely incidental to that, and the corruption continues under administrations where the mayor is white, Hispanic, or Jewish.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 1, 2015 at 6:12 PM

So, anybody suspect the jump in crime might just have something to do with the emasculating of the police force?

Naaah. I’m sure it’s one of those other things.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 1, 2015 at 6:14 PM

homicide rate not seen in nearly half a century

Oh well – that just means more Ripple and onion stew for the survivors – it’s all good.

Pork-Chop on August 1, 2015 at 6:20 PM

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8V4NoboSq6w

Graham Parsons. The Streets of Baltimore. Better times.

ndanielson on August 1, 2015 at 6:43 PM

https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=61lFRCatRyE

Bobby Bare. Even better times.

ndanielson on August 1, 2015 at 6:46 PM

But this is what Baltimore wanted…so let them live with their mistakes.

Stop bailing them out. This is why I was never a fan of stop and frisk in NYC, because idiots like Bloomberg could claim it was gun control that stopped violence. No doubt stop and frisk did lower crime rates, but it was purchased at the expense of dealing with the real problem…which is the glorification of violence in urban black culture, fatherless homes, a comically bad and wasteful public education system, etc.

African-Americans must be forced to confront their own demons, and aggressive policing allowed them to not do that, but blame the police, racism, etc. No more excuses, this is their show now….so show us…

It may take a while, maybe a long time, but it is the only way.

William Eaton on August 1, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Now there’s some affirmative action fer ya.
Member…it jus bidneth.
III/0317

Sgt Stryker on August 1, 2015 at 7:05 PM

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
– H. L. Mencken

Lost in Jersey on August 1, 2015 at 7:09 PM

You do remember Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for doing…nothing yet. I guess now the award of POUSCM is an affirmative action award and is the kiss of death for a mayor?

TulsAmerican on August 1, 2015 at 7:19 PM

Cities have been cesspools forever. They suck no matter what racial demographic is the norm. How would you liked to have hung out with these folks?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/1-Riis-Bandits-Roost-New-York-City-Slum-1890.jpg

I could see why they were necessary at one time, I mean every city existed for a reason, usually some kind of river port or seaport. And later there was manufacturing. But ports don’t need the thousands of stevedores like a century ago due to automation, and most of the factories are gone.

I think they’re still around mostly because the wealthy simply have too much invested in real estate to give up on them just yet. There’s no dearth of empty office buildings in most cities. And, again, with automation, they just don’t need the armies of typists, secretaries, stenographers and so on that they once did. Even surround small cities, towns and suburban areas aren’t doing so hot.

Seems more and more that major cities rely heavily on tourism, sports teams, conventions and such. And a lot of times they locate these things smack dab in the middle of downtown. They’re trying to given a raison d’etre for their continued existence.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 1, 2015 at 7:21 PM

Clearly black lives only matter if it is a white person doing the killing.

Tater Salad on August 1, 2015 at 8:12 PM

By definition the “Black Lives Matter” movement is against Black Lives. Why? B/C the vast majority of Black Americans are killed by Black Americans and Abortionists.

The “Black Lives Matter” movement is a stalking horse for the progressive/trade unionist movement that has been a cancer for Black Americans for 50 Years.

AYNBLAND on August 1, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Which is why I would support a Ben Carson/Allen West ticket to the bitter end but given that’s not going to happen – would also support Scott Walker. He’s done more damage to public unions than anyone in American history.

Public Unions are the heart and soul of the progressive movement.

AYNBLAND on August 1, 2015 at 8:34 PM

The answer to the plight of poverty and crime and family dysfunction in America….is capitalism. Period.

AYNBLAND on August 1, 2015 at 8:35 PM

From the pic she definitly has the mooochelle scowl we’ve all come to love and adore.

jaywemm on August 1, 2015 at 9:02 PM

Liberal rule =’s “Black lives splatter!”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM

If Senator Robert Byrd were still alive he’d endorse her re election,she has accomplished more in her short time as mayor than the clan could ever wish for.

IXXINY on August 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

IXXINY on August 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

.
Okay, THAT deserves a **rim-shot**.

listens2glenn on August 2, 2015 at 12:54 AM

As long as the moronic liberal voters keep electing worthless sickos like this.
the decline will only grow steeper.

rplat on August 2, 2015 at 7:25 AM

#waronblackwomen

Obviously, raciss right wingers are the problem here.

/s

bobthm3 on August 2, 2015 at 7:52 AM

According to the 2010 Census, Baltimore leads Maryland with the greatest percentage of single parent household with kids: 62.5%

This statistic bears a strong correlation with poverty, doing poorly in schools and having a criminal record.

Trying to stop black on black violence is important but getting black males to accept responsibility for the chilhdren is even more so.

Laurence on August 2, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Has any black mayor evah been anything but a fkg. failure or corrupt?

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Yes.

jazzuscounty on August 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

That’s it? Just “Yes”? You have no actual example?

HotAirian on August 2, 2015 at 4:37 PM

At this rate “Blacks Lives Matter” will be “Black Lives Gone For Good”.
Keep embracing the thug-gangster culture and passing the collective buck on why blacks never seem to get out of poverty by blaming slavery that ended two centuries ago and racism and “The Man” and anything else under the sun and you’ll make yourselves irrelevant by making yourselves extinct.

She’s an affirmative action mayor, which leads to this . . .

Obama’s an affirmative action president, which leads to . . . well, this.

Break Rev. King’s rule about content of character over color of skin and what do you expect?

But hey, some dumb lion got whacked in that socialist utopia Zimbabwe and we need to send in the 82nd Airborne to go get a dentist.

Actually I’m for the dentist. If the lion is too stupid not to stay in his safe place then screw him.

Bubba Redneck on August 2, 2015 at 11:47 PM

Has any black mayor evah been anything but a fkg. failure or corrupt?

they lie on August 1, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Check the list of those with an (R) after their name.
They won’t be listed by the MSM.
People might see a pattern.

Bubba Redneck on August 2, 2015 at 11:48 PM

DNC trifecta:

Mayor – black
AG – black
Police Head (until fired recently) – black

Why not hold the DNC national convention in Baltimore?

Bubba Redneck on August 2, 2015 at 11:52 PM

Whatever Rawlings-Blake is doing in Baltimore isn’t working. Perhaps rather than blaming the cops on the beat or dreaming up new social interaction schemes, the city might look at asking her to step down and turn the job over to somebody capable of restoring some semblance of law and order in the streets.

Ya think, Jazz?

Sherman1864 on August 3, 2015 at 1:56 AM