Baltimore Blues

Without opinion I will just list some recent facts about Baltimore.

The murder rate in the street has skyrocketed, breaking a 25 year old record last month, (42, the most since 1990) is on pace to break another record this month, and represents roughly a doubling of the number of shootings that occurred, against last years data.

Baltimore Police Chief Anthony W. Batts offered the rank and file an apology after the riots, admitting he did not “protect” them.

The Baltimore Jail, under Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley, fell under the literal control of The Black Guerilla Family, a gang that according to Baltimore City Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby was also the number one gang in control of the crime scene in the inner city neighborhoods.

Martin O’Malley is running for president in the 2016 Democratic primary.

The arrest rate in Baltimore, despite the violence, killing and crime wave, has plummeted, to roughly half of what it was last year.

From the Baltimore Sun — Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, which represents police officers in the city, said Wednesday that the union is concerned about comments Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby made in front of officers May 29. He contends Mosby said officers “can no longer use handcuffs to detain suspects without probable cause to arrest.”

Baltimore City police union representative Gene Ryan said last week “We’re more afraid of being arrested for doing our jobs than being shot.”

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has faced criticism from the media and the public about withholding the police from the riot areas, letting the rioters have “space for violence” and for disregarding police reports the Black Guerrilla Family intended to target police officers in the street — responding to the violence.

Carl Stokes and “Jack” Young, two powerful longtime Democratic Baltimore City Council members invited leaders of the Black Guerilla Family gang to speak at a city council meeting the night after the riots, where they professed their intention to “help” the situation, and both Young and Stokes praised their community spirit.

Marilyn Mosby, along with city and federal crime officials arrested multiple members of that same gang this week for murder, racketeering and many other charges, but basically they been indicted for being part of a criminal enterprise that sells drugs, practices violence, extortion and kills.

Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley announced his run for the presidency in downtown Baltimore.

Marilyn Mosby held a nationally broadcast press conference just a few blocks away to announce the arrest of 6 Baltimore City Police officers for the murder of Freddie Gray, at which she described the weapon, the police tactics used, the evidence and the thinking behind her decision.

Rochelle Ritchie, press spokesperson for Mosby, when questioned about many of these same issues from the press this week, said Mosby’s office would not be answering these questions, since she is ethically prohibited from discussing the case publicly and did not want to try the case in the “media.”

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has repeatedly confirmed her support for Batts, and also repeated her commitment to Mosby and working with her office.

Press reports indicate that Rawlings-Blake ordered the additional police presence at the intersection where Freddie Gray was originally chased.

Finally, from the end of an article in the Baltimore Sun about the arrest of 14 key Black Guerilla Family members on drugs and murder charges:

From the Baltimore Sun — The indictment charges all 14 alleged gang members with conspiring to conduct BGF business, including narcotics trafficking, murder, extortion, robbery and witness intimidation — with the drug distribution reaching into Howard County. All are charged with a conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Two face charges of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. Some of the defendants also face other drug and gun charges.

Officials said there were no clear links between the BGF operations described in the indictment Wednesday and the well-documented case in 2013 in which BGF operatives essentially took control of the Baltimore City Detention Center. The jail case resulted in a sweeping investigation of dozens of alleged gang members and corrections officers.

A total of 118 BGF members and their associates have been indicted in federal court since April 2009, officials said.

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About karlspain

20 year Newspaperman. Lifelong Inventor. Wrote 2 books so far, working on more. The Revelation, 1st book, about your brain & the universe, and math. Hooked together! God I trust, America I love, 2nd book, is the biography of Aris Mardirossian, a great man. Also owned a software company, an IT integration company, a gas station and a fuzzy logic software title along the way.
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