Half of the cops are black, most of the residents are black, the mayor's black, the state's attorney is black, the police chief and city council president are black,
(not to mention the Attorney General and the President of the United States at the time,) and yet the black rioters in 2015 claimed to be members of an oppressed
minority. So, when agitated by community organizers, the blacks smashed up and burned down their own city. Brilliant!
(Scroll down for timely news, or click here.)
Violence: The Terror That Dare Not Speak Its Name. In Baltimore, soon after, a drug dealer named Freddie
Grey died in police custody. Yes, there were riots. Yes, the black people of Baltimore burned and looted in an
ecstatic frenzy for days. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake held a news conference where she bragged she was giving the
rioters "space to destroy." The next day, she denied saying it, even after being confronted saying it on video.
Over 100 police were injured in those riots. Many after city officials "abandoned" them by refusing to send support
when they were under attack from the black people. This is all on video. Easy to find.
Gray Scorecard. This week, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis dismissed all administrative charges
against Alicia White, the last officer facing discipline in the Freddie Gray case. Thus, all six officers who were
accused of wrongdoing in connection with Gray's death will keep their jobs. Of the other five, one was not charged
administratively; two were cleared by an administrative review board; and two pleaded guilty at the administrative level,
accepted discipline, and are back at work. White was to face a hearing, but the commissioner said, through a spokesman,
that proceeding with charges against her would not constitute good faith. Thus, he dismissed the charges. With
book closed for the officers, we can tally up the results. None was found guilty of criminal conduct. In one
case, a jury could not reach a jury verdict. In two cases, the judge, an African-American, found the defendant not
guilty. Realizing it could not get a conviction, the city dropped charges against the other officers. The Justice
Department declined to bring federal charges against any of the officers.
Self-Sabotage. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore's 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient on the
state's mathematics exam. In six other high schools, only one percent tested proficient in math. In raw numbers,
3,804 Baltimore students took the state's math test, and 14 tested proficient. Citywide, only 15 percent of Baltimore
students passed the state's English test. Last spring, graduation exercises were held at one Baltimore high school,
90 percent of whose students received the lowest possible math score. Just one student came even close to being
proficient. Parents and family members applauded the conferring of diplomas. Some of the students won achievement
awards and college scholarships. [...] Baltimore's black students receive diplomas that attest that they can function at a
12th-grade level when in fact they may not be able to do so at a seventh- or eighth-grade level. These students and
their families have little reason to suspect that their diplomas are fraudulent. Thus, if they cannot land a good job,
cannot pass a civil service exam, get poor grades in college and flunk out of college, they will attribute their plight to racism.
The Clownish Commissars
of the Culture. The commissars have had to content themselves with ugly little victories in university towns
and urban hellholes. Just visit Baltimore if you want to see what the left's "fundamentally transformed America" looks
like. Its hoodlums and political class are barely distinguishable. Both are drunk on decades of lying PC victimology,
out of which has come a criminal sense of entitlement and a barbaric contempt for American tradition. That Baltimore
is ground zero for statue-smashing makes perfect sense.
When the Suspect
Is an Armed Black Man — and the Cop Is Black. [Scroll down] In fact, just weeks before the death of Freddie Gray,
a White House task force praised the Baltimore Police Department, as well as its black chief, for "implementing national best
practices for policies and training" and "use of force" reforms. In Baltimore, at the time of Gray's death, the
No. 1 and No. 2 heads of the Police Department were black, and most of the command staff and rank-and-file officers
are people of color. The mayor of Baltimore is also black, as are the majority of city council and the state attorney
who brought the charges. Four of six officers were tried, and in each case the state failed to obtain convictions.
This led to the decision to drop charges against the remaining two officers, and plans for the retrial of one of the four.
131 Black Men Murdered by Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter was called into being to protest what the
racist hate group claimed was the killings of black men by police. Activists with the extremist organization have
accused law enforcement of genocide. According to a study widely touted by activists, 300 black people were shot by
police in 2015. That same year 320 black people became homicide victims in Baltimore alone. In 2014, 189 died.
And then Baltimore came under assault from Black Lives Matter over the Freddie Case leading to riots and the Ferguson Effect
crippling law enforcement efforts. The police became the villains. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
offered the racist rioters and looters space to destroy. Along with the businesses and sense of security, here is what
else was destroyed. An additional 131 black men died in 2015 in Baltimore. 16 black women were murdered in both
2014 and 2015. The huge increase came at the expense of black men. The biggest bump in homicides, 49 to 99, happened
among young black men aged 18 to 25. This year's incomplete toll already stands at 68.
Indicts the Welfare State. In a speech on Monday [5/4/2015] at Lehman College in the
Bronx, President Obama blasted the media for focusing on "looters and rioters" in the recent race
riots in Baltimore and Ferguson before it, and said that they should instead be focusing on "those
who are trying to solve the complex problems plaguing America's cities." What are those problems?
Well, chief among them might be that hordes of black mobs regularly erupt in frenzies of thievery, arson, and
violence in a pack-mentality response to perceived injustices and without knowledge or consideration of facts.
But that's just the symptom, the president suggests, of the "root causes of the tension in urban areas." [...]
It can be expected that Baltimore having been under uninterrupted Democrat control since 1967 will not stop
Barack Obama and the bleating sheep like Baltimore's current mayor (who suggests that the wealth just hasn't
been spread around properly yet) from demanding that more and more government redistribution.
"black culture" is to blame for the riots in Baltimore. It absolutely is black culture
that's responsible for what's going on in Baltimore, that's plain to see for anyone who's willing to
look at the situation objectively. Why do you think there's so many young black men on the streets
rioting? It's mainly because young black men and women decided to have out of wedlock births, which
is the fault of both the men and women in the black community. The men usually leave and the moms
have to work and rarely teach their kids any values or how to be decent, productive, and law-abiding
members of society. Furthermore, the young boys have no male influence to show them how to be
good men and respect women and authority figures, and they also have a lot of anger built up
subconsciously from being neglected, usually by both parents. The rioting isn't about their
economic situation or police brutality, at it's core it's about the breakdown of the black family
and the lack of parenting in the black community.
dreadful truth of Moynihan's prophecy. As family structure virtually disintegrated,
Baltimore's core has become a center of poverty and violence. Recent unchecked rioting in Baltimore
has been followed by a crime spree with 32 people shot and nine killed just over the Memorial Day
weekend. In the month of May, there were nearly 120 shootings and 43 murders. Sadly,
Baltimore is just the latest face of urban violence in America. Other urban areas like Detroit,
New Orleans, Newark and Chicago suffer from the same pathology.
Baltimore Is Awesome!! Baltimore has
been taking it on the chin in terms of publicity, so let's run a public service announcement on the
city's behalf. Maybe this will inspire some tourism to help jump start the local economy: [Video clip]
News and commentary:
Of Years In Prison Without Killing Anyone? Back in 2005, a serious amount of corruption was discovered inside
the ranks of the Baltimore Police Department, centered around the Public Housing Drug Unit. They were tasked with
identifying and arresting known drug traffickers, almost all of whom were associated with the city's many gangs. It's
always sad when you discover cops that have gone bad, but some of these officers were particularly egregious. A couple
of them set up their own private enterprise to enrich themselves by shaking down drug dealers, taking their money and
"product" (which they later resold to other dealers) in exchange for not arresting them. Fortunately, their scheme was
uncovered and the officers were put on trial and convicted. But the sentencing phase went in an unexpected
direction. The two former officers were sentenced to a combined 454 years in prison. Now, more than fifteen
years later, their attorneys are arguing that the sentence was grossly excessive and they should be released.
man fatally shot in Walmart parking lot was attempting to rob another man, police say. Baltimore County police
say a 20-year-old Rosedale man who died Sunday [12/13/2020] was fatally shot in a Walmart parking lot after he attempted to
rob someone. [...] When police arrived, Peach said, they found Kumar Jumar Burney suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper
body. [...] Police said Burney arranged a meetup in the parking lot with a man he found on a popular app selling an expensive
pair of shoes. During the transaction, police said, Burney attempted to rob the seller, who pulled a handgun, shot
Burney once, then called 9-1-1 and remained at the scene.
new mayor inherits massive murder problem. When former Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott took over
as the Mayor of Charm City last month, he must have been aware that he was walking into a figurative buzzsaw. He had
run his campaign on a platform of eliminating corruption in Baltimore and getting the city's spiraling murder rate under
control. Those are noble sentiments, but each of those tasks would obviously make cleaning out King Augeas' stables
look like a walk in the park by comparison. Still, he's settled into his new role and begun issuing directives aimed at
improving life on the streets of Baltimore. Unfortunately, somebody didn't give the city's gangs the memo because
they've continued merrily mowing people down straight into the Christmas season. Five people were murdered over this
past weekend, with multiple other shooting victims injured. Four more people, two women and two men, were killed on
Monday [12/21/2020]. The city's death toll now stands at almost 330, marking five years in a row where Baltimore was
unable to keep the murder toll below 300.
Did It Take Five Years To Release The Video From The Freddie Gray Riots? There's a name we haven't heard in
quite a while, eh? With all of the riots going on in the streets of American cities these days, it could be easy to
forget that this isn't exactly a new phenomenon. Back in 2015, when the Black Lives Matter movement was still in its
nascent stages, the city of Baltimore was going up in flames (in several places literally) as crowds of rioters gathered to
protest the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. What followed next was a tour de' force of bureaucratic
mismanagement on the part of the city's leaders. In some ways, Charm City has never really recovered in full from that
debacle. But one question has remained over the years, despite all of the investigations and reports that
followed. How and where did the riots actually start? There's been a general consensus that the first violence
broke out on April 27, 2015 in the Mondawmin neighborhood in or around the MTA station near the Mondawmin Mall. Since
there were surveillance cameras running in the station around the clock, it seemed obvious that some hints might be found in
those recordings. But for five years, Maryland Transit Administration officials have refused to release the video
footage to the public, citing only "security concerns."
Kim Klacik Gives a 'How to Handle Bigots 101' Lesson After Twitter Insult. When you're a minority who refuses
to toe the liberal line, it is without fail that some self-proclaimed "tolerant" Democrats will throw insults in your
direction suggesting in some way that you're a sellout to your race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. because you dare to
think differently. Baltimore conservative Kim Klacik, who was the GOP nominee for Maryland's 7th Congressional District
(the seat formerly held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings), is no stranger to this treatment, She's talked before about
Democrats who have treated her as though she's inauthentically black simply because 1) she's a Republican who has very
different views on the role of government in our lives than Democrats do and 2) she didn't buy into the left's bogus
narratives about President Donald Trump allegedly being a "racist."
Run America's Rathole Cities. Last year, President Trump called Baltimore a "disgusting, rat and rodent
infested mess". Speaker Pelosi responded by calling Trump's comments "racist attacks". Vox claimed that Trump was using
"racist tropes" and US News conducted a fact check accusing him of racism. Now the rat race numbers are in.
Orkin, the past control company, ratted out the "rattiest cities" and Baltimore has broken through into the top 10 for the
first time. Like a rat clambering after a piece of moldy cheese, Charm City leaped up four places to be America's 8th
rattiest city. Baltimore has never been able to deny that it's a rat-infested hellhole. But Democrats and their
media are good at deflecting with false accusations of racism and then changing the subject. "If there are problems
here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone's, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful
office in the land," the Baltimore Sun had retorted in an editorial after President Trump's criticism of the terrible
conditions in the city. But there's one thing that the rattiest cities in America have in common.
And it isn't Trump.
Twitter Roadblocks Kimberly
Klacik. Esteemed countermoonbat Kimberly Klacik must be getting some traction, despite the unlikelihood of a
Republican winning a seat in Congress from the ruins of Baltimore. She scares the Democrat apparatchiks at Twitter
enough that they put up a roadblock to limit retweets linking to an article in the Wall Street Journal that makes it clear
voters would be wise to elect her.
Out These Eight Beautiful Travel Posters For America's Democrat-Controlled Cities. With people leaving Democrat
cities in droves, mayors and city councils are hoping to fill them back up again — with tourists! Maybe it's
time to give these cities a second chance. Check out these beautiful tourism posters from Democrat-controlled cities
around the country!
putting Black Lives Matter sign in his yard arrested after shooting at Trump supporters. A Maryland man is
being held without bond and has been charged for firing a shotgun as Trump supporters drove by in a pickup truck while he put
a Black Lives Matter sign in his yard. CBS Baltimore reports the incident happened Saturday afternoon in Kingsville,
Maryland, a semi-rural community about 10 miles northeast of Baltimore. Police have booked resident Douglas Kuhn with
multiple charges, including assault.
elected officials charged for somehow forgetting to pay their taxes. Now that a new Mayor is on the way to City
Hall in Baltimore, Charm City will soon put its unpleasant history of corrupt elected officials behind them and begin a new
era of honesty and transparency in politics. Gone will be the days of Mayors and other top municipal officials going to
prison for racketeering, embezzlement, and tax evasion. And once that's accomplished, they'll be able to focus on
quashing their massive gang violence and murder problems. Trust me. It's going to be glorious. Oh, wait...
there might be a couple of final wrinkles to iron out of this plan. It seems that the city's top prosecutor, Marilyn
Mosby, and her husband, incoming City Council President Nick Mosby, have received some unpleasant news from the IRS.
The power couple allegedly "forgot" to pay a significant amount of their federal income taxes. For at least
three years. And now a lien for nearly $50K against them has been placed by the taxman.
Robbery" - Security Guard Assigned To Ballot Box Shot In Baltimore. The virus pandemic has resulted in an
unprecedented number of Americans voting by mail or using ballet drop boxes this election season. Some of these drop
boxes, especially those in Baltimore City, are guarded by a private security force, considering the liberal-run metro area is
a violent mess. On Thursday [10/15/2020], Baltimore City police confirmed a ballot box security guard was shot and
wounded in Northeast Baltimore, reported local news WBAL-TV 11. City police said the incident occurred in the early
morning hours on Thursday, outside the Achievement Academy in the 2200 block of Pinewood Ave. Officers found the 24-year-old
security guard [had been] shot multiple times [and] was immediately taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police Officer Is Knocked Out At Upton Metro Station, Apparently Just For Being A Cop. A Maryland Transit
Administration police officer was assaulted in West Baltimore Friday afternoon [10/9/2020], officials said. According
to officials, the MTA police officer was assaulted at the Upton Metro Station. The officer was transported to a local
hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There is no word on what led to the assault as MTA police continue their
investigation. [Video clip]
Baltimore Mayor wants President Trump to keep his city's name "out of your mouth". I should probably clear up
any potential confusion caused by the title of this article right at the top. Baltimore City Council President Brandon
Scott isn't technically the incoming Mayor of Charm City. At least not yet. That title won't be bestowed
upon him until November 4th. But he won the primary in the mayoral race earlier this year, so there's really no mystery
left to the question. Democrats literally outnumber Republicans by a ten to one ratio in Baltimore, so the general election
there tends to be more of an afterthought than anything else. Barring a comet hitting the city in the next few months,
Council President Scott will be sworn in as the next mayor.
Yet Another Grand Jury Defies the Fake
News Narrative. Freddie Gray in Baltimore was another. The Fake News propounded the narrative that a
murderous gang of Baltimore cops had murdered Gray in a police van. Baltimore burned. Men and women lost their
life savings as the storefront businesses into which they had invested everything to support their families went up in
smoke. Their hopes, their dreams, their decades of goodwill in the community — all up in smoke. The
policemen were put on trial, tried before a Black judge. With the narrative the Fake News had propagated, and a Black
judge staring down from his bench at each of the accused, they all were goners. And yet each and every officer was
found not guilty. Every single one.
Baltimore murder suspects protected
by sanctuary laws, ICE says; 'This is the worst-case scenario'. Two undocumented immigrants suspected in the
gang slaying of a 16-year-old girl in Baltimore were released because of sanctuary city policies, despite requests from
federal immigration officials, officials said Tuesday [9/15/2020]. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it
lodged three immigration detainers on three men charged in the May 29 death of Gabriela Ardon. Five people are charged
in the killing — three of whom were living in the United States illegally. "In this case, two of the
suspects arrested had previously been encountered by ICE, but due to state and local policies that put politics above public
safety, they were released to the street," said Acting Baltimore Field Office Director Francisco Madrigal. "This is the
worst-case scenario when detainers are not honored."
murder suspects protected by sanctuary laws: ICE. Two illegal immigrants suspected of an MS-13 gang
killing of a 16-year-old girl in Baltimore were in police custody before, but were set free by authorities in New York and
Maryland in defiance of deportation requests, allowing them to be out on the streets, ICE said Tuesday [9/15/2020].
Gabriela Alejandra Gonzalez-Ardon was found dead in woods near Loch Raven Reservoir in late May. Five people have been
charged in the killing, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says three of them are illegal immigrants —
and two of them were free because of sanctuary policies. "This is the worst-case scenario," said Francisco Madrigal,
the acting director of ICE's Baltimore office.
GOP Candidate Kimberly Klacik Flips Script on Leftists Calling Her a 'Black Pawn'. Kimberly Klacik, alas,
likely won't be one to flip a seat from D to R in the 2020 general election. The Republican nominee in Maryland's 7th
Congressional District is an energetic campaigner and a fresh face on the conservative scene we'll no doubt be seeing for
years to come. She's trying to flip a district that contains part of the city of Baltimore as well as other parts of
Baltimore and Howard counties. That being said, she's facing off against Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who
represented the district until 1996 when he left to become president of the NAACP, according to Ballotpedia.
Klacik At The RNC: 'I Want Baltimore To Be An Example' To The GOP. Kimberly Klacik, who is running to represent
Maryland's 7th district in Congress, made quite a splash when she addressed the audience at the Republican National
Convention on Monday. Her highly-anticipated speech was expected to be powerful enough to cause MSNBC to cut away from
it when it was her turn to speak. During her speech, Klacik castigated the Democrats for failing the people of
Baltimore, Maryland for decades. "The Democrats have controlled my city, Charm City, for over 50 years and they
have run this beautiful place into the ground, she said. "We want safety in our neighborhoods. We want jobs and
innovation, like tapping the potential of the Port of Baltimore to create manufacturing jobs for Americans. We want
lower taxes. We want school choice. We want a chance to get ahead, not just get by!"
Klacik to Democrats at GOP Convention: 'You've Neglected Us for Too Long,' 'We're Sick of It'. Maryland
congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik (R) said at the 2020 Republican National Convention on Monday that Democrats have
neglected black constituents for "far too long" and that she supports what President Donald Trump is doing for all
Americans. "Let me remind you the Democrats have controlled the part of Baltimore City for over 50 years and they have
run this beautiful place right into the ground," Klacik said. "Abandoned buildings, liquor stores on every corner, drug
addicts, and guns on the street — that is now the norm in many neighborhoods."
Curiously Cuts to Commercial as Kim Klacik Delivers RNC Speech. It is the kind of move that, had the players
been changed, would have had Brian Stelter pontificating loudly about the inference of intolerance. But as the
Republican convention kicked off last night, we saw a very curious decision made by the production staff at Brian's network,
and you have to raise a number of questions about the move, especially considering some of the comments made by Stelter
himself. Kim Klacik made a quick name for herself with a campaign ad she made to run for the representative seat in her
hometown of Baltimore. That a forceful person of color was running as a GOP in Maryland's 7th District is enough to
turn a few heads, but her message, while strolling through the gutted backdrop of her city, was powerful and she became a
sensation as a result. So much so that she was invited to be one of the featured speakers at the Republican convention
Monday night — just don't tell that to CNN. In truth, it appeared someone had let the network know.
Cuts Away So Viewers Don't Hear Kim Klacik's Terrific Condemnation of Democratic Failure. Baltimore's Kim
Klacik is an up-and-coming Republican star, someone with a clear message who wants to make her city better after years of
Democratically-controlled decay. She first came to public prominence by advocating cleaning up blighted Baltimore
areas. Klacik is running to represent Maryland's 7th District in Congress, a very blue district. She released a
campaign video that lit up the internet, going mega viral in days. It already has 11.6 million views. [...] But
MSNBC apparently didn't want to hear the speech or have Americans hear it.
Baltimore GOP Candidate Kimberly
Klacik Lays Down an Absolute Knockout With Stunning New Campaign Ad. Kimberly Klacik is a Republican
Congressional candidate from Maryland's 7th district. That would be the heart of Baltimore. We could tell you all
about Klacik's political qualifications, activism work, and upbringing. Or we could just show you her latest campaign
ad, a stunning kill-shot straight into the heart of Democrat talking points. In the ad, a sharp-looking Klacik takes
viewers on a walk through Baltimore. She asks us to put aside the typical talking points and look directly at the
visible evidence of decades of exclusive Democrat control. Klacik walks past boarded-up buildings and abandoned
property, trash-filled streets and barren neighborhoods. She points out the reality of life in Baltimore, a reality
that corporate media ignores daily in favor of a narrative that makes Trump and all Republicans squarely to blame for inner
city failures even though Republicans haven't been welcome there for decades.
GOP Candidate From Baltimore Drops a Truth Bomb on Democrats With Viral Video. Baltimore GOP congressional
candidate Kim Klacik turned heads on Monday when she released a new campaign video that dared to tell people in her city
something her opponents wouldn't: the truth. "Do you care about Black lives?" Klacik asks at the start of her
video. "The people that run Baltimore don't." In stilettos and with conviction, Klacik then invites viewers to go
on a walk with her into one of Baltimore's many dilapidated, crime-ridden neighborhoods. In the video, Klacik passes an
almost endless vista of boarded-up homes, shattered windows, and urban detritus: an all-too-common sight throughout
Baltimore. Far from completely abandoned, these rowhouses are home to thousands of Baltimoreans, including children,
and are the location of hundreds of homicides per year. The urban decay born out of poverty and desperation has spread
like cancer in recent years, as those with any means have packed up and headed out of the city.
Lives Don't Matter To To Democrats':GOP Candidate Releases Viral Ad Crushing Dems. On Monday, Republican
strategist and congressional GOP candidate Kimberly Klacik released an ad slamming Democrats for their apparently fake
concern for black lives, highlighting the devastation in Democrat-run cities, particularly Baltimore. Klacik is the
Republican nominee running for the seat of late Congressman Elijah Cummings in Maryland's ninth district. "Democrats
don't want you to see this," Klacik captioned the ad, which was viewed over 700,000 times in three hours. "They're
scared that I'm exposing what life is like in Democrat-run cities. That's why I'm running for Congress. Because
All Black Lives Matter. Baltimore Matters. And black people don't have to vote Democrat."
At Baltimore Gas Station Turns To Punches, Then Bullets. Baltimore County police responded to a call for a
shooting in White Marsh tonight [7/29/2020 (?)]. The call came at about 8 p.m. from Exxon gas station on Honeygo
Boulevard, across from White Marsh Mall. Police confirmed a man was found shot in the upper body.
incoming mayor already getting off to a bad start on corruption reform. When the city of Baltimore
finally finished counting all of their ballots and dealing with a variety of dubious-looking "computer glitches"
during Maryland's recent primary election, City Council President Brandon Scott was declared the Democratic nominee to be the
next Mayor of Charm City. At the time, I wrote that Baltimore had dodged a bullet because Scott only narrowly defeated
disgraced former mayor Sheila Dixon. (She left office after her first election only reluctantly, because she'd been
convicted of embezzlement.) Scott isn't technically on his way to being the next mayor yet because there's still a
general election to be held. But that's not likely to slow him down even if all thirteen of the Republicans in the city
turn out to vote for their candidate. (That's an exaggeration, but only slightly. Baltimore is more than 85%
Governor Blasts Pelosi's Indifference to Baltimore Vandalism. Maryland governor Larry Hogan (R.) on Thursday
said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has "lost touch" with her childhood city of Baltimore after she expressed
indifference about the toppling of a statue of Christopher Columbus. "It's disappointing that Speaker Pelosi has lost
touch with the Baltimore community that her family served," Hogan wrote on Twitter. "While efforts towards peaceful
change are welcome, there is no place in Maryland for lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property."
Baltimore Mayor Gives Up, Says City Will Support Rioters
After Columbus Statue Toppled. Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young defended hoodlums who toppled a statue
of Christopher Columbus on Saturday and chucked it into the city's Inner Harbor like a piece of trash. Folks, this is
an elected official charged with protecting the city. If this were the military he would be court marshaled for dereliction
of duty. This is a shameful failure on the mayor's part to fulfill the obligations of his office. It is his duty to
enforce city laws, and he has not only failed to do so, but is contributing to the lawlessness by supporting the rioters.
Weeks, Six Cities, 600 Murders. The single most important issue, affecting some of the largest swaths of
populations in America, is the scandal the media ignores even as it explodes in our faces. In only six weeks, city
after city operated by entrenched Democrats have seen a massive expansion in lawlessness, violence, and murder.
Stunningly, many news outlets seem gobsmacked and mystified at how or why such an explosion of lawlessness has
occurred. For the sake of brevity, let's sample six of the nation's largest cities, including all of the top three.
[...] [Example #6] Baltimore: As consistently one of the most dangerous cities in America with a five-year streak of
more than 300 murders, last year Baltimore set a new record at 348 homicides. Yet in 2020 they outpace last
year's record and will see defunding to the effect of $22 million.
The 2015 Baltimore riots accomplished nothing. The precursor to the recent demonstrations, in America and
throughout the world, were the Baltimore riots, mostly by young black people, that the nation watched on television in 2015.
The immediate cause of the Baltimore disturbances was the hyping, by Baltimore's monopoly newspaper, the Baltimore Sun, of
the death of Freddy Gray, a small-time drug dealer with a long record, in police custody. This was described by the Baltimore
Sun as a "killing." It was represented that police had no basis to stop Gray in the first place, even though he had fled at
their approach, which the Supreme Court had previously deemed a sufficient basis for an investigative stop. It was popularly
represented that Gray received a "rough ride" in a police vehicle at the hands of the arresting officers, most of whom were black.
This version of events was not corroborated by Gray's fellow passenger, nor did it survive four trials, two federal investigations by
different administrations, and several administrative hearings.
Residents Blame Record-High Murder Rate On Lower Police Presence. For the third year in a row, Baltimore, Md.,
has had more than 300 murders, reaching a new record of murders per number of residents in 2017. Some residents
attribute the high murder rate to relaxed police patrols in the city following high-profile cases of police brutality.
Officers have backed off in neighborhoods, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested. The Rev. Kinji Scott, a
pastor in Baltimore who's held positions in local city government, says the opposite needs to happen. "We wanted the
police there," Scott says.
Woods Calls Out Pelosi For Being Silent On Her Own Father Overseeing Dedication Of Confederate Statue. On
Wednesday [6/10/2020], when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that Confederate statues on the U.S. Capitol be removed, she
failed to mention that her father had overseen the dedication of the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument while he
was Baltimore's mayor in 1948.
Pelosi Silent on Own Father Who Oversaw Dedication of Confederate Statue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),
who on Wednesday demanded the removal of Confederate statues occupying the U.S. Capitol, has remained silent on her father's
role in overseeing the dedication of the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument while serving as Baltimore's mayor in
1948. Pelosi this week formally requested the removal of Confederate statues occupying the U.S. Capitol, dismissing
them as "monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end." Her demand comes as
angry protesters across the nation take matters into their own hands, vandalizing — and in some cases,
beheading — statues and monuments memorializing the Civil War era and beyond.
Going Away. A sizable section of the elected class has come to see the citizen as more of a subject, the prole
of dystopian fiction who is becoming more real by the moment. Imagine asking about one of government's fundamental
roles and being told to check your privilege. [...] When government fails to do the heavy of lifting of governing, and even
worse, turns a blind eye to elementary responsibility, people tend to notice. And they react. Some remember
Baltimore and the fallout after cops pulled back in the wake of Freddie Gray's death while in police custody.
Especially sharp minds will recall how the president during that period pronounced the rioters and looters to be 'thugs.'
Good times. The rule of law is the foundation of a civil society, not a bumper sticker. When prosecutors
undermine their own authority by rationalizing free passes to arsonists and thieves, good luck trying to convince the
law-abiding that you have their back. Chicago is seeing firsthand what happens when the mob is allowed to run wild.
lives that didn't matter enough in Baltimore. Yesterday [6/10/2020], I pointed out that the annual number of
homicides in Baltimore was around 215 in the five years before the left and the Obama administration undermined the police
force there following the death of Freddy Gray. In the five years since, the average number of homicides per year is
around 335. That's 625 excess deaths. How many of the lives lost were black lives? To me it doesn't
matter. Black lives and white lives are of equal value. However, the racial breakdown should matter to the
BlackLivesMatter movement. According to this article in the Baltimore Sun, nearly all of Baltimore's homicide victims
in 2019 were black. I infer that nearly all of the 625 victims whose deaths we can attribute to the diminution of
policing in the city since mid 2015 were black. Were any lives saved by Baltimore's passive policing?
True Plight of Black Americans. While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder,
the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called "systemic racism."
Instead, we need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities. Some of the most dangerous big cities
are: St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Newark, Buffalo and
Philadelphia. The most common characteristic of these cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by liberal
Democrats. Some cities — such as Detroit, Buffalo, Newark and Philadelphia — haven't elected a
Republican mayor for more than a half-century. On top of this, in many of these cities, blacks are mayors, often they
dominate city councils, and they are chiefs of police and superintendents of schools. [...] The bottom line is that today's
black Americans have significant political power at all levels of government. Yet, what has that meant for a large
segment of the black population? Democratic-controlled cities have the poorest-quality public education despite their
large, and growing, school budgets. Consider Baltimore, Maryland. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore's 39 high schools,
not a single student scored proficient on the state's math exam. In six other high schools, only 1% tested proficient
in math. Only 15% of Baltimore students passed the state's English test. [...] It's the same story of academic disaster
in other cities run by Democrats.
Votes Discarded, Never Counted in Baltimore Election Due to Error. Mail-in votes in a local Baltimore,
Maryland, election were discarded and not counted due to a ballot error, officials say. On Tuesday evening [6/2/2020],
voters went to the polls in Baltimore city elections — including the race in City Council District 1 where
incumbent Democrat Zeke Cohen faced a challenge from Democrat Paris Bienert. The race, though, ended in disarray when
a ballot error caused mail-in votes to be thrown out and not counted, according to the Baltimore Sun.
the police!'? What happened when a major American city tried that a century ago. Nothing better reveals the
depth of the madness afoot in the land than the demands to defund or completely abolish the police. It's bad enough for
airhead celebrities, something worse for the formerly prestigious New York Times, and downright alarming for office holders,
state and federal to indulge the fantasy that thin blue line is all the separates us from anarchy, mob rule, and ultimately a
dictatorship spawned by the need to restore order. The experience of Baltimore following the Freddie Gray riots, when
the police there stopped aggressively engaging in minority neighborhoods ought to be enough to close the case. Mind
you, the police were not abolished, or even defunded. They were simply chastened and behaved as the demonstrators
demanded — with a light hand and withdrawing at times from neighborhoods where they were denounced as racists.
once convicted of embezzlement, now favorite to fill seat of mayor convicted of fraud. The Baltimore mayoral
seat that was vacated last year when Catherine Pugh resigned over a corruption scandal — which led to a three-year
prison sentence — now appears likely to be filled by a former mayor who has a past conviction of her own.
With Democratic primary returns still coming in after Tuesday's vote, the front-runner appears to be Sheila Dixon, who
resigned as mayor in 2010 after a jury found her guilty of misdemeanor embezzlement for misappropriating gift cards for the poor.
Years After Freddie Gray Riots, Baltimore is the Model of Peaceful Protesting. The streets of Baltimore bled
with rage just five years ago after the death of a young black man, Freddie Gray, in the back of a police vehicle. Now,
as violent rioting and looting own the night in several cities across the nation, Baltimore emerged as the beacon of peaceful
protesting. As the afternoon sky turned to dusk on Monday [6/1/2020], hundreds of protesters converged near the
Baltimore Convention Center to march through the city with calls for justice for George Floyd, who was brutally killed by a
police officer last week in Minneapolis. The protest, organized by young, local activists included representatives of
Black Lives Matter and others advocating for an end to police brutality. The protesters burgeoned from hundreds to
thousands as they marched through downtown on their way to City Hall.
was like watching a rerun of Baltimore 2014. Let's see if you remember this story: the policeman is
accused of killing someone, the incidents sparks so-called protests, the mayor cracks and lets the demonstrators get it out
of their system, property and businesses burn down, and then the city is never the same. That was Baltimore 2014.
It sure felt as though I was watching a documentary of that story six years ago. Why are so many of our cities run by
such weak and incompetent leaders? [...] It does not matter who set the fires. The real issue is that the local
leadership let them do it. No one stood up to them, and that's how the mayor and the governor failed their
on murder. Many human activities were curtailed in America during Memorial Day weekend due to the Wuhan
coronavirus. However, murder in Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington D.C. weren't among them. In Baltimore, there
were eight killings over the weekend, even though residents were under orders to stay home due to the pandemic. Four
additional people were injured in the shootings. According to police, several of the victims had previously been
convicted of attempted murder. In a properly functioning justice system, these victims would have been incarcerated.
Chicago topped Baltimore. It suffered nine killings, with 27 more wounded, over the weekend. This was Chicago's
deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015. Washington, D.C. got off easy. Only three people were shot to death
over the weekend.
Mayor Doubles Down: Trump's 'Violating the Law' with Memorial Day Visit. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young (D)
is once again demanding President Donald Trump scrap his planned visit to the city on Memorial Day, arguing that he believes
the trip is against the law, citing the city's stay-at-home order still being in place due to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
mayoral race shows why things will never get better in Charm City. Every time the City of Baltimore starts
getting my hopes up that life will slowly start to improve there and corruption and crime are beginning to wane they somehow
find a way to discourage me yet again. In this case, it's the current state of the race to elect a new mayor. The
current mayor, Jack Young, assumed office after his predecessor, Catherine Pugh, departed to embark on her new career as a
prisoner after confessing to corruption and tax evasion charges. Young initially announced that he was only planning to
be the interim mayor until he finished Pugh's term this year, though he later said he would consider another term and still
shows up in the polling.
Violence Rampant, Ignored by Authorities and Media. Imagine you're walking down the street and someone sucker
punches you, breaking your glasses and swelling your lip. Your attacker then continues raining down blows upon you,
spits on you, and pejoratively refers to your religious orientation while provoking you to fight. Imagine this happens
in front of tens of witnesses who are willing to corroborate events. Now imagine that the authorities tell you no
arrest can be made because the incident wasn't witnessed by a police officer. But no imagination is necessary because
this is precisely what happened to Jewish dentist Elliot Einbinder on September 11 as he was walking on Smith Ave. in
Baltimore, Maryland. His attacker was a 24-year-old black female who, after initially lying to the police and claiming
Dr. Einbinder initiated the confrontation, admitted she was "just having a bad day."
Leader Kweisi Mfume Wins Maryland Seat in Congress. Democrat Kweisi Mfume easily won a special election Tuesday
[4/28/2020] to finish the term of the late Elijah Cummings, retaking a Maryland congressional seat he held for five terms
before leaving to lead the NAACP.
attempts to block Baltimore surveillance planes from flight. There was a rather amazing bit of good news coming
out of Florida this weekend. As of yesterday, there have been no murders recorded in the city of Miami for seven
straight weeks. If that sounds like an underwhelming statistic to you, we should put it in context and note that this
is the first time that's happened since 1957. The ongoing pandemic is being credited by the police as the largest factor
driving this happy news. I brought up that story mostly to draw a contrast with another city where things aren't going
nearly as well. That would be Baltimore, Maryland. To be sure, the murder rate in Charm City is down from the
same period last year (finally). After averaging more than one murder per day through the first six weeks of the year, even
some of the gang bangers seem to be staying at home. But there have still been 85 murders on the year, with four more
recorded in the past week.
PD to Use Drone Surveillance for 'Social Distancing' Enforcement. The Baltimore Police Department and
"Persistent Surveillance," an Ohio-based company, signed a deal together to spy on the residents of Baltimore, Maryland with
drones. [...] This shady company was under fire almost 4 years ago in 2016, for doing surveillance with the Baltimore Police
Department and violating their own 45-day data retention policy. [...] The drones will be equipped with high-resolution
cameras, capable of posing a real threat to the security of anyone deemed a "criminal." The ACLU emphasized that this
crosses a massive line, explaining that the plan places every resident of Baltimore "under constant aerial surveillance."
Former Baltimore Mayor Given A Reprieve On Going To Prison. As you may recall, Baltimore's corrupt former
mayor, Catherine Pugh, was sentenced to three years in the slammer for her "Healthy Holly" self-dealing fiasco in
February. In addition, she is to follow that up with three years of supervised probation and some hefty fines to
partially repay the citizens for the money she siphoned out of the system and the taxes she dodged. But her journey to
a medium-security penitentiary in Aliceville, Alabama has now been put on hold for at least two months. The
reason? I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count.
'Mandatory Lockdown,' Baltimore Officials Approve Spy-Plane To "Collect Images Of City". For years, we've been
documenting how spy planes have been flying over the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, transforming the region into a surveillance
state. To refresh your memory, the federal government used spy planes to monitor the 2015 riots in Baltimore
City. Even before the planes, the military was flying massive spy blimps over the region to "detect cruise missiles."
What you're beginning to understand is that Baltimore has been the testing ground over the last decade of how the
surveillance state, now being ushered in by the COVID-19 outbreak, will be built across major metro areas. Aaron Kesel
of ActivistPost laid it out beautifully, "coronavirus outbreak is proving to be the Trojan horse that justifies increased
digital surveillance." Baltimore is dealing with several public health crises at the moment, one is a murder epidemic, and
the other is the COVID-19 outbreak. Blend it all together, and the city is on the verge of turmoil. Hence why the
National Guard was called in several weeks ago, not just to assist local area hospitals dealing with an influx of virus cases
and deaths, but also to maintain public order.
Your Life — Vote for Democrats. New York City and California's loony politicos are hooked on
identity politics and see racism everywhere, ignoring objective science. The consequences of ignoring reality:
overwhelmed medical facilities, lack of proper medical equipment, and soaring death rates. [...] In brief, Mayor de Blasio's
City Health Commissioner, Oxiris Barbot, is a radical who previously served as Health Commissioner of Baltimore where she
"had given the city's race rioters 'space to destroy.'" Space which continues after her move to New York to result in a
soaring murder rate. She boasted of seeing health policy through a "racial equity lens," a lens so fogged that she
concentrated on discouraging those arriving from Wuhan from going into self-quarantine and encouraging New Yorkers to attend
the Lunar New Year celebrations in the city.
population drops below 600,000, the lowest total in a century, census estimates show. Baltimore's population
has dipped below 600,000 for the first time in more than a century, according to U.S. Census estimates released Thursday
[3/26/2020]. The city's estimated population was 593,490 as of July 1, 2019, the new data shows. That suggests
Baltimore lost 8,953 people, or 1.5% of its population, from the previous year. While the city's population has been
trending downward for decades, it had some small increases during the administration of former Democratic Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake, standing at more than 623,000 in 2014.
Mayor begs residents to stop shooting each other and 'clogging up' hospital beds. The mayor of Baltimore is
begging residents to stop shooting one another to allow doctors and nurses to focus on saving coronavirus patients and not
gunshot wound victims. In a statement on Wednesday [3/18/2020], the Mayor Jack Young said: 'I want to reiterate how completely
unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently. 'We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in
man dies two decades after being the shot in the back. Now his death has been ruled a homicide. More than
20 years after he was shot in the back, the October 2019 death of a Baltimore man is now being investigated as a homicide,
Baltimore Police officials announced Tuesday [3/10/2020]. Police say Keith Cooper, 46, was shot on August 27, 1997,
in the 2200 block of Fleetwood Ave. Cooper was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries, according to
The Editor says...
If the police don't already know the name of the prime suspect, it's a little late now to start investigating. If the police do know
the name of the perpetrator already, the defense will argue that the cops have denied him the right to a speedy trial. Either way, any action
taken by the police at this point is a meaningless publicity stunt. Sometimes felonies go unsolved, but the police can't afford to admit it.
shooting leaves 13-year-old dead, 5 others wounded in 'horrifying' act of violence. A 13-year-old Maryland boy
was killed in a shooting outside a shopping mall where five others, including four juveniles, were wounded as they walked
through the parking lot on Sunday [3/8/2020], investigators said. The gunfire broke out shortly after midnight in
Rosedale, a community on the outskirts of the city of Baltimore, Baltimore County police said.
won't believe who's leading the race to replace Baltimore's last corrupt mayor. When Baltimore's previous
mayor, Catherine Pugh left office, it was because she was preparing to do a three year stretch in prison for scamming nearly
a million dollars out of various organizations using her self-published children's books. [...] Charm City has been on
something of a bad luck streak in terms of mayors for several years now. Ever since Martin O'Malley left to become
governor, it's been all downhill from there. He was replaced by Sheila Dixon, who was forced out of office after being
convicted of embezzlement. She was replaced by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who didn't even bother trying for a second
term after she let the city burn down around her during the Freddie Gray riots. (She's now a campaign co-chair for Mike
Bloomberg.) And she was followed by Ms. Pugh.
mayor Catherine Pugh gets 3 years in prison for double-selling her self-published children's books to nonprofits.
The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday [2/27/2020] for arranging fraudulent
sales of her self-published children's books. Catherine Pugh arranged for her 'Healthy Holly' books to be sold to nonprofits and
foundations to promote her political career, fund her run for the city's highest office, and buy a new house. As part of the
double-selling scheme, organizations paid Pugh $859,960 for orders of more than 132,100 copies but only 73,200 were ever printed.
Mayor Catherine Pugh Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Corruption and Fraud. Political leaders,
specifically mayors in Baltimore Maryland, are predisposed toward corrupt behavior. Remember Sheila Dixon in '08, or
Stephanie Rawlings Blake in '15. It's a perpetual cycle. [...] Into the corrupt landscape comes Baltimore Mayor Catherine
Pugh, who was arrested in 2019 for taking bribes and payoffs through a pay-to-play bribery scandal for books she "authored"
called "Healthy Holly".
The Editor says...
The only surprising aspect of this story is that someone actually went to jail.
year sentence recommended for former Baltimore Mayor. Back in November, we learned that disgraced former
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had avoided a messy trial by pleading guilty to multiple counts of corruption and tax
evasion. This all stemmed from her self-dealing scheme to "sell" hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of her
self-published "Healthy Holly" children's books to people and businesses who had dealings with the University of Maryland
Medical System, where Pugh sat as a board member.
of former top diplomat John Negroponte charged with murder in Maryland stabbing. A woman charged with
first-degree murder in connection with a deadly stabbing in Maryland has been identified as the adopted daughter of former
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte. Sophia Negroponte, 27, was arrested Thursday night in the death
of 24-year-old Yousuf Rasmussen. WTTG reported that Rasmussen was pronounced dead at the scene in the suburb of
Rockville shortly after 11 p.m.
Kill Anybody" Fails: During First Ceasefire Weekend in 70% Black Baltimore, 15 Shot, Four Dead. Welcome
to Baltimore in 2020, a 70 percent black city completely dominated by black elected/appointed officials in all aspects of the
bureaucracy. Confederate memorials are all removed, streets and buildings once named in honor of dead white males have
been erased, racially re-named to honor the new demographic dominating Baltimore life. [...] With a homicide rate of 57 per
100,000, 70 percent black Baltimore is one of the most dangerous cities in the entire world.[...] But here's the kicker:
back in 1921, when whites politically controlled the city of Baltimore and represented 85 percent of the population, there
was a far different homicide rate: 11.3 per 100,000 people. Why mention this? Well, because during the
city's first Ceasefire week of 2020 (after black men marched in early January to stop blacks from killing other blacks),
individual black people couldn't stop shooting other blacks.
the first "ceasefire weekend" in Baltimore of 2020 went about as well as you'd expect. As we've previously
discussed here, the violent crime and gang violence situation in Baltimore Maryland hasn't shown any signs of slowing down
since the new year began. Charm City recorded an average of more than one murder per day through the month of
January. Admirably, community leaders and the local churches once again teamed up last week to attempt another
"ceasefire weekend," imploring the gangs to stay inside and stop the bloodshed for just 72 hours. Unfortunately,
it appears that the gangs aren't in the mood to listen this time around. From Friday through Sunday, fifteen people
were shot with three of them not surviving their injuries.
NAACP head Kweisi Mfume wins Democratic primary in race to finish Elijah Cummings' term. Former Congressman
Kweisi Mfume won the Democratic primary for Maryland's 7th Congressional District on Tuesday in the race to finish the rest
of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings' term in Congress. Mfume, who served as the district's congressman for five terms
between 1987 and 1996 and went on to lead the NAACP, beat out a crowded field of 23 other Democrats vying for the seat, and
which included Cummings' second wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and his former staffer Harry Spikes. Kimberly Klacik,
who received national attention after her social media posts showing trash in Baltimore prompted President Trump to tweet
that the district is a "disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess," won the Republican primary.
County Admits It Hasn't Been Recycling Glass for 7 Years. It Still Encourages Residents to Recycle Glass.
Baltimore County residents' have had their perceptions about where their glass ends up shattered. Over the weekend,
news broke that the county — which does not include the City of Baltimore — has not been recycling the
glass it's been collecting as part of its recycling program. For the past seven years, the jars and bottles that
residents dutifully placed in their blue bins have been being junked instead. "There are numerous issues with glass
recycling, including increased presence of shredded paper in recycling streams which contaminates materials and is difficult
to separate from broken glass fragments, in addition to other limitations on providing quality material," county spokesperson
Sean Naron told The Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore Suffers 5 Murders in 8 Different Shootings. On the recent weekend earlier in January when the AFC
playoffs were held in Baltimore, twelve people were shot. Five of those individuals were killed in eight separate
shootings. Baltimore had 348 homicides last year, that it knows of, its fifth year in a row with over 300 murders and
the deadliest year ever on a per-capita basis.
Baltimore sees 12
shot, 5 dead in just 1 day of shootings. Twelve people were shot and five of them were killed in a total of
eight separate shootings Saturday [1/11/2020] in Baltimore, according to reports. The first of Saturday's shootings was
reported at about 2:30 a.m. and involved three women, all found with apparent gunshot wounds in a car in a northeastern
section of the city. [...] "It goes without saying that the level of violence in the city yesterday was deeply disturbing and
deeply troubling," Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said during a news conference at police headquarters.
Harrison added his department "so far" has been unable to find "any connection between the five murders."
succeeds in breaking murder record of the century. Well, they managed to do it and it didn't take long at
all. Just yesterday we were discussing how the city of Baltimore, Maryland had tied the 21st-century record number of
murders at 342 on Thursday. And there were still several days to go until the end of the year. On Friday night
another man was shot multiple times and at some point early Saturday morning he succumbed to his injuries and passed
away. That was number 343, a higher death toll than any seen in the city since the early 1990s.
Topics We Aren't
Allowed to Talk About. Baltimore may be the most depressing big city on the eastern seaboard. Have you
been there? Everyone in Washington has. If you want to take a train from Washington to New York, you have to pass
through Baltimore. This summer, the president told the rest of the world what it's like. Baltimore, he said, is
"rodent infested, not to mention a corrupt mess." Why is Baltimore so bad? How did it get so poor and hopeless?
Part of the answer is 50 years of uninterrupted Democratic Party rule. But saying that would be embarrassing to the
Democratic Party, so the party's apologists don't want to have the conversation. Instead, they attacked the man who
tried to start it. Baltimore remained dangerous, the kind of place where a kid gets shot riding his bike. That is
what life is like for the poor people stuck in Baltimore, a place where MSNBC contributors don't dare to tread. The
people in charge want to make certain you never think or talk about Baltimore.
breaks city record for killings per capita in 2019. Baltimore broke its annual per capita homicide record after
reaching 342 killings Friday [12/27/2019]. [...] The new rate eclipses that of 1993, when the city had a record 353 killings
but was much more populous before years of population exodus.
deadly week brings 2019 homicide total to 342, tied for second-most in Baltimore's history. Nearly one-third of
killings this year happened in the police districts with some of the lowest populations: eastern and western. Here,
neighborhoods have been hit hardest by drugs and poverty. Citywide, another 766 people have been shot this year and
survived. That's a 14% increase over last year.
deadly week brings 2019 homicide total to 342, tied for second-most in Baltimore's history. This holiday week
brought no peace to Baltimore. A working mother gunned down in front of her children at an East Side deli. A man
who succumbed to the gunshot wounds he suffered two weeks ago. A baby believed to be shaken to death. A man shot
to death inside a car. The four killings this week push the 2019 body count to match the second-most on record:
Lawmaker Accepted Over $33,000 in Bribes Prosecutors Say. Cheryl Diane Glenn, a veteran Democrat legislator
from the northeast's 45th district and chair of Baltimore's House delegation, abruptly resigned last week. The public
learned why — Federal authorities on Monday unsealed charges against Glenn for allegedly taking more that $33,000
in bribes in exchange for various legislative actions, including voting to increase the number of medical marijuana grower
and processing licenses available to an out-of-state company, CNN reports. Cheryl Diane Glenn, 68, represented
Baltimore as a Maryland state delegate until her resignation on December 18. Glenn had become a leading advocate for
legalizing marijuana in Maryland and the state's medical cannabis commission is named after Glenn's late mother, Natalie M.
LaPrade. The criminal information charges her with honest services wire fraud and bribery charges, the US Attorney's
violence as Baltimore nears record homicide rate. Baltimore could wrap up 2019 with its highest per-capita
homicide rate on record as killings of adults and minors alike for drugs, retribution, money or no clear reason continue to
add up and city officials appear unable to stop the violence.
murders on track for per-capita record after weekend killings of 2 young mothers: reports. A homicide toll of
nearly one killing per day, coupled with a steep decline in population in recent years, is helping Baltimore set a new mark
this year for killings per capita, according to reports. The slayings this weekend of a 36-year-old mother inside the
deli where she worked — as her children watched in horror — and a 21-year-old woman who was fatally
shot in the head inside her beauty salon brought Baltimore's murder toll to 338 for 2019, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Baltimore Squeegy Boys attack mother
and children. My wife and 3 small children traveled to Baltimore to go to the science museum, and they were
accosted and attacked by squeegy "boys". This occurred right next to the museum where many families with young children
go. [...] Update: We called the Baltimore Police Department and they said they won't investigate because A) my wife
left the scene of the crime, and B) they only have the visual identity of the attacker and not his name. Baltimore PD
is literally not concerned with people being attacked here. [Video clip]
The Editor says...
If you're under attack, and the attackers are still present, is it not permissible to "leave the scene of the crime?"
The scene of the crime is well known. How does anything change when the victim flees?
Baltimore corrections officers charged with 'illegal and excessive' force. More than two dozen Baltimore, Maryland,
corrections officers were indicted Tuesday [12/3/2019] with allegations that they used "illegal and excessive" force against
inmates in state jails. "All 25 of these correctional officers have allegedly abused their power and abused our trust,"
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said during a Tuesday news conference.
mayor warns of white van trying to 'snatch up young girls'; police say no reports. As Baltimore grapples with
an ever-growing homicide rate, the city's mayor raised eyebrows on Monday when he voiced concern about a mysterious white van
roaming the streets with someone trying to "snatch up young girls" — something that has been refuted by his own
police force. Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young made the comment during an interview with WBAL-TV while discussing
human trafficking. He said he had received information about a white van trying to abduct girls for their organs.
It's "all over Facebook," said Young, who took office in May.
Baltimore Mayor pleads guilty to some corruption charges. When we learned on Thursday [11/21/2019] that former
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had been charged on a variety of corruption and tax evasion charges, I pondered what sort of
defense her legal team planned to put up. After all, the self-dealing transactions uncovered by the Baltimore Sun were
such obvious examples of grifting that it should have been a no-brainer for prosecutors to go after her. But Pugh had
insisted from the beginning that nothing illegal had gone on and she had paid her taxes. Well, so much for that.
Barely 24 hours later, the news broke that the disgraced former mayor had pleaded guilty to four of the original eleven
Baltimore Mayor finally indicted on fraud charges. We haven't heard much about the Healthy Holly bookgate
scandal in Baltimore since May, when former Mayor Catherine Pugh was finally driven to resign from her office in
disgrace. At the time, it looked as if she might actually get away with the self-dealing scam she'd been running on the
University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) for years. It turned out that the city had never gotten around to passing
a law against that sort of dubious financial activity. (Both the city and the state rushed to pass new laws after all of this
was discovered, but those laws wouldn't apply to her retroactively.) Well, it looks like the prosecutors investigating
the matter found more dirt that we hadn't heard about. Pugh was finally indicted last week on a variety of corruption
and tax evasion charges. The indictments were handed down in secret and the news didn't break until this morning
Mayor Catherine Pugh faces fraud, tax charges. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of
arranging fraudulent sales of her "Healthy Holly" books to schools, libraries and a medical system to enrich herself, promote
her political career and fund her run for mayor.
Baltimore nears 300 homicides, mayor says city leadership not to blame. As Baltimore braces to surpass 300
homicides for the fifth year in a row, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said the city's leadership isn't the problem. "I'm
not committing the murders and that's what people need to understand," Young said Wednesday [11/13/2019] during his weekly press
conference. "How can you fault leadership? This has been five years of 300-plus murders. I don't see it as a lack
of leadership." There have been 296 killings so far in 2019. Since the unrest in 2015 that followed the death of
Freddie Gray, the city has been unable to keep the number of homicides below the grim benchmark of 300.
hits 300 homicides for fifth year in a row. Baltimore has lost 300 people to homicide for the fifth consecutive
year. On Thursday [11/14/2019], police confirmed the staggering total, which has become an unofficial milestone for
marking Baltimore's struggle to quell extreme violence. [...] The most common ages for a homicide victim are 25 and 27; so
far this year, around 43% of victims were in their 20s.
Trump is the Black Voters' Clear Choice in 2020. As a child, I instinctively knew Democrats were scamming
blacks. When I was around nine years old, my parents and three younger siblings moved from a leaky roofed ghetto to a
new 11-story government project in Baltimore. Everything was brand new, kitchen appliances and so on. Extremely
excited, we were among the first families in the building of all-black residents. Within a short time, that building
became a huge ghetto. The elevators were routinely out of service due to vandalism. Our apartment was on the 6th
floor. Entering the pitch-black stairwell to walk up to our apartment was like walking into the shadow of death, as the
sound of stepping on broken wine bottles echoed off the concrete walls. I suspect my fellow residents were
Democrats. They believed every problem was always the fault of white racism.
customer, 28, was stabbed 15 seconds after cutting the line for popular chicken sandwich. The Popeyes customer who was
stabbed to death outside one of the chain's restaurants in Maryland has been identified, as police reveal he was attacked because he
cut the busy line. The victim was identified as 28-year-old male Kevin Tyrell Davis of Oxon Hill, Maryland, Prince George's County
Police spokeswoman announced Tuesday [11/5/2019]. He entered the fast food joint on the 6200 block of Livingston Road around 7pm
Monday evening [11/4/2019] where about three dozen people were in line, many waiting for the newly released chicken sandwich, Police
Chief Hank Stawinski said.
stabbed to death in Maryland Popeyes after altercation over chicken sandwich, sources say. A fight over someone
cutting in line lead to a fatal stabbing Monday night at a Maryland Popeyes. [...] According to police, the fight initially
began in line when a man cut in front of another man and then the altercation escalated and spilled outside where one of the
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2 teens assaulted, robbed in mall.
Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, say two teen girls were assaulted and robbed by a group of six young women inside a
Silver Spring mall, and they've released video of the attack in hopes of identifying the suspects. Police said the
attack happened Oct. 2 shortly before 3:30 p.m. inside the Ellsworth Place mall, on Colesville Road in downtown Silver
Spring. A 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl were inside a restroom on the fourth floor when they were confronted
by six other young women who began to assault them, according to police. When the teens tried to exit the bathroom, the
six attackers continued assaulting the girls in a hallway outside the restroom and then stole some of their property.
stabs 5 people in Baltimore before police shoot him dead. A crazed knife-wielding man stabbed five people in
seemingly random attacks in suburban Baltimore before being shot dead by cops, according to authorities. Jamaal Ramone
Taylor, 31, was gunned down Saturday afternoon after refusing orders to drop the hunting knife he used to stab apparent
strangers in at least three separate locations, according to cops. All five victims suffered non-life-threatening
wounds and were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
To Fight Crime By Airplane Surveillance Of Entire City. The head of an aerial surveillance company is pitching
Baltimore officials on flying not one but three camera-laden planes above the city simultaneously, covering most of the city
and its violent crime, he said in emails obtained by The Baltimore Sun. A pair of Texas donors have stepped forward to
help fund three planes and extra police, 40 local analysts and oversight personnel if there is city buy-in, the records and
interviews show. The effort aims to "demonstrate the effectiveness" of such an all-seeing surveillance system in
fighting crime in the city. [...] Each plane would be capable of recording up to 32 square miles at a time, and each
would fly 45 to 50 hours a week, McNutt said.
Exam Questions? The U.S. Department of Justice has recently sued the Baltimore County government alleging that
its written test for police officer recruits was unfairly biased against black applicants. It turns out that black
applicants failed the written test at a rate much greater than white applicants. That results in fewer blacks being
trained and hired as police officers. [...] Baltimore City uses Municipal Police Selection Test. You can examine some
sample questions at its website. I'd like to know which of the questions are either unrelated to police work or racist.
Illegal Alien Accused of Rape in Maryland Was Freed by Sanctuary City. The eighth illegal alien charged with
rape or sexual assault in Montgomery County, Maryland in less than two months was freed a year ago from police custody due to
the county's sanctuary policy. Oluwakayode Adewole Adebusuyi, a 26-year-old illegal alien, was arrested last week by
the Montgomery County Police Department after he allegedly raped an intoxicated woman in his car, according to police.
City Shame: Rats, Cockroaches, Crime & Democrats. Despite the media's laughable and psychotic persistence
to create another racial hate crime by the evil orange man — President Trump is turning 'Elijah Cummings'
Baltimore" into a national referendum... highlighting the disgraceful 3rd world conditions of Democrat-run cities across this
nation. This problem is SO out of control, the fact that the entire news industry has ignored it for decades is just
further confirmation that in 2019, we have no news industry. The Baltimore Sun, of course, being a typical media
appendage of the Democratic Party, immediately provided us with the predictable, yet stunningly childish response "Better to
have a few rats than to be one"
up in a Baltimore where criminals reign supreme. It was a dark night two years ago, and I had to head out to a
prayer service just a mile away from my home outside northwest Baltimore City. The carjackings and break-ins had spread
to the suburbs, and the security situation was worse than at any time in my entire life, including during the Freddie Gray
riots in 2015 and during the crime wave of the early 1990s. My neighbors were scared to even take their trash to the
curb at night, although there were plenty of muggings and carjackings occurring during broad daylight too.
Baltimore teachers call for donated
fans, district resists. Baltimore's teacher union is calling for fans to be donated to schools as sweltering
heat pushes classroom temperatures into the hundreds, but the district says electrical infrastructure may not be equipped to
sergeant [who was] shot in northeast Baltimore [is] on life support. An off-duty police sergeant shot by a
masked man Thursday afternoon [8/8/2019] in northeast Baltimore is on life support at Shock Trauma. [...] A witness said she
saw a man trying to rob [Sgt. Isaac] Carrington, who was dressed in plain clothes. She said there was a physical
struggle before she heard gunshots.
Trump Right About Baltimore? In 2018, Baltimore was rated one of the "Rattiest Cities" in the nation by pest
control company Orkin. According to Patch Media, although there has been progress in the last few years, Baltimore
ranks ninth in rat infestation, down from its sixth position two years ago on Orkin's list. What about safety? In
2017, St. Louis had the nation's highest murder rate, at 66.1 homicides per 100,000 residents. Baltimore came in
second, with 55.8 murders per 100,000 people. The unpleasant fact is that predominantly black and Democratic-run cities
have the worst records of public safety.
Baltimore Records Its
200th Homicide Of The Year. Baltimore reached 200 homicides in 2019 after a woman was shot to death Saturday
afternoon [8/3/2019]. A 32-year-old woman was found in her car Saturday riddled with bullet holes to her head and chest,
authorities said. Police tried to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead at a local hospital, The Baltimore Sun
reported. The woman was one of seven shooting victims in the city over the weekend during a so-called "ceasefire
weekend" — done to curb violence in Baltimore.
Activist Cleans 12 Tons of Trash From Baltimore Streets With 200 Volunteers. Some 200 volunteers combed through
the streets of northwest Baltimore on Aug. 5, cleaning up trash and weeds in an "Americans Helping Americans" event organized
by conservative activist Scott Presler. Starting at 7 a.m. at the corner of North Fulton Avenue and Westwood Avenue,
the volunteers spread through the surrounding blocks. By 8 p.m., they had collected more than 12 tons of
trash — destination junkyard.
Supporters Clean Up West Baltimore As Thankful Residents Defy Media Narrative. After President Donald Trump
drew attention to Baltimore, some of his supporters went down to West Baltimore to assist with a cleanup effort. The
group posted pictures of the effort with before and after photos and found some interesting things along the way.
According to OANN, the group was led by activist Scott Presler, who lead over 100 volunteers after the controversy first
arose in the media. Presler said his cleanup effort started with a simple tweet about going to clean up Baltimore, even
if it's just by himself. The tweet went viral, and before he knew it the effort had a slew of volunteers ready to go.
can't account for millions while poverty is rampant. [Scroll down] The truth is that the city itself
cannot account for the millions of dollars in grants that have poured into its coffers, according to Baltimore's most recent
audit analyzed by DailyMail.com. According to the 2018 city audit, millions of the dollars supposedly invested here are
unaccounted for. The audit notes numerous 'significant deficiencies' and 'material weaknesses' across almost every
department and found a consistent lack of any internal tracking of funds. The accounting for some departments was found
to be so lacking that the sum of questioned funds is simply labeled 'Unknown.'
Only One Country
In The World Has A Higher Homicide Rate Than The City Of Baltimore. Only one country in the world has a higher
per capita homicide rate than the city of Baltimore. According to WorldAtlas, the murder capital of the globe is
Honduras — where there are 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people. Baltimore, with 56 homicides per 100,000
people, edges out the number two spot ahead of Venezuela, where there are 53.7 homicides per 100,000 people. Venezuela's
capital city of Caracas is widely known as one of the world's most dangerous cities with 122 homicides per 100,000 people.
The War on The Obvious.
To point out the obvious is "racist." This week, President Trump's blistering comments on Baltimore's cadaverous state
invited the familiar threadbare cries. Perhaps, because that city is majority-black. Or perhaps because that term
is the only resort of those defending the indefensible. Because Baltimore is indefensible. And its denizens
Don't Kill Whitey.
"Baltimore homicides exceeded 300 each year from 2015 through 2018," reports Awr Hawkings, citing figures compiled by USA
Today and the Baltimore Sun, "and 2019 is on track to cross the 300 threshold for the fifth year in a row." Testifying
to the brutality of the predators who stalk this concrete jungle, the Baltimore Police Department's annual homicide analysis
show that more than half of 309 homicide victims in 2018 were shot in the head. "The large majority of killings,"
writes Jessica Anderson in the Sun, "271, or 88 percent — were from gunfire. And of those, 199 victims
were shot multiple times." Alas, Charm City has lost its charm.
Cummings Called Baltimore 'Drug Infested Area' in 1999. Embattled Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) described
his community of Baltimore as a "drug infested area" in a video from a 1999 congressional hearing. "This morning, I
left my community of Baltimore, a drug infested area, where a lot of the drugs we're talking about today have already taken
the lives of so many children," Cummings said. "The same children that I watched 14 or 15 years ago as they
grew up now walking around like zombies. This is only 40 miles away from here."
Battered Face. You can't blame this on President Trump. He is guilty of the sin of unvarnished
observation, but responsibility for this lies with Democrats who have controlled Baltimore city for decades. The last
Republican mayor in Baltimore city was Theodore McKeldin, who served when Lyndon Johnson was president. More than 50 years
of liberal tyranny and oppression has successfully brought about a twisted dystopian reality in Baltimore and the world's eyes
are now on us.
Homicide Rate Is So High, Residents Could Claim U.S. Asylum If They Weren't Americans. Disparaging remarks
about Baltimore are not new. Politicians, celebrities, and even residents of the city have easily mocked the soaring
crime rate, rodent infestation, and never-ending parade of local government scandals. The three most recently departed
mayors have left in disgrace. One was convicted of fraud that involved stealing gift cards from needy families, and
another is under active investigation for embezzling government funds. A local Baltimore Fox affiliate even attempted
to shine a light on their own problem in 2018 using an "unfiltered" look at the city with recently ousted Mayor Catherine
Pugh. "Whoa, you can smell the rats," Pugh said during the program as a camera crew followed her around the streets of
the decaying city.
murder rate [is] worse than Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, driving asylum surge. The Baltimore murder rate
is higher than the three Central American nations driving the border surge by migrants seeking to flee crime and murder back
home. In an analysis of the murder rates done after President Trump criticized Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings over
the weekend, Baltimore's was reported at 56 per 100,000. The city is on track for 340 murders. By comparison, said the
Princeton Policy Advisors analysis, the murder rate in El Salvador was 50, in Guatemala it was 22 and Honduras was 38.
about Elijah Cummings' 7th congressional district in Maryland. Data from the 2017 U.S. Census shows Cummings'
district is nearly 53% percent black and nearly 36% white. Seven percent of the district is Asian, nearly 4% is
Hispanic and less than 1% percent [sic] of the area is Native American and Pacific Islander. The median age in the
majority-female district is 38.9, and residents 18 years and over make up nearly 79% of the population, data shows.
Cummings' congressional district received just under $15.7 billion in grants, benefits and other assistance from the federal
government in Fiscal Year 2018, according to Newsweek's analysis of the federal awards data compiled by USAspending.gov.
official Lynne Patton says $16 billion [was] recently given to Baltimore. Department of Housing and Urban
Development regional administrator Lynne Patton appeared Monday [7/29/2019] on Fox News and took note of just how much federal
money has been steered into Cummings' district, which is nearly 53% percent black. "President Trump has given $16 billion
in 2018 alone to Elijah Cummings' district in federal grants," Patton explained. "We have given more money in homeless funds
to Baltimore than the last administration. We have given more money in 'community development grants.'" Patton then
asked, "What are you actually doing with the money so that it benefits residents in the community for once instead of deep-pocket,
Jones investigates what's really happening on the streets of Baltimore. Fox News contributor and Fox Nation
host Lawrence Jones said Tuesday that Baltimore's liberal policies have negatively affected the city, speaking to some of the
residents there about the conditions. "They have made it very clear, they don't care about the politics of things.
But it's very clear that liberal policies have definitely affected Baltimore. The question is, what would be the
response. We've seen the failure of all these cities, including Baltimore where there is corruption," Jones told "Fox &
Friends." Trump started a feud with House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, calling the congressman's
district "a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess."
Johnson Visits Elijah Cummings's District, Confirms Dire Situation in Residential Interviews. The mainstream
media don't appear to be interested, but fortunately Baltimore Republican Kimberly Klacik has posted numerous videos and images
of interviews she's done with residents who live in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods, making sure their voices are heard.
The same goes for TPUSA's Benny Johnson, who recently visited the district to conduct interviews with local residents.
and Cummings: Democrat grifters peddle racism and broken cities. Baltimore is a mess and everyone knows it.
300 murders a year. Baltimore's murder rate is second only to Venezuela. Over the last year, 80% of Baltimore's murders
have been black on black crime. The life expectancy for certain parts of Cummings' district is lower than in North Korea. After
abortion and drug overdoses, violent crimes are the leading cause of death for black Americans in Baltimore. Sounds like paradise.
Thread Reader: I spent all
day speaking with dozens of people who live in Rep. Cummings' district. Some have lived here +60 years.
I learned so much. [...] Every person I spoke with confirmed that the district was rat infested[.] This man
told me that rats the "size of cats" run through his house regularly[.] One woman told me rats have "taken over" her
neighborhood[.] One called it a "plague of rats[.]"
president is right about Baltimore. Are Democrats really prepared to defend failure? Baltimore ranks in
the top 10 of the least livable cities in America. Until this week, it was not controversial to point that out.
But now that President Donald Trump has tweeted about Baltimore, it seems as though anyone who criticizes the awful
conditions there is opening themselves up to charges of prejudice. [...] The president's remarks were immediately denounced
as racist by Democrats and the usual frantic pundits, even though the tweets had no racial content.
Homicides on Track to Top 300 for 5th Consecutive Year. Baltimore homicides exceeded 300 each year from 2015
through 2018, and 2019 is on track to cross the 300 threshold for the fifth year in a row. A 2016 report from the
Baltimore Sun showed 344 homicides for the year 2015. A homicides counter maintained by the Sun shows 318 for 2016,
342 for 2017, and 309 for 2018.
Praises Trump's Baltimore Tweets: 'About Time Somebody Pushed Back'. Monday [7/29/2019] on "Fox & Friends,"
conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh sounded off on President Donald Trump's remarks about Baltimore and Rep. Elijah
Cummings (D-MD). Trump's criticisms of the two received backlash from Democrats and the media as being racially charged,
but Limbaugh defended the president for speaking the "absolute truth" about a city ruined under Democrat control. The
host questioned why Democrats can be critical of Trump, but he cannot push back against something controlled by Democrats.
Burning: It's Not A Matter Of Money. We Tried That. With the surety of night following day, the
Baltimore riots have been followed by calls for more government spending to fight poverty in our distressed inner
cities. President Barack Obama says "massive investments in urban communities" could "make a difference right now."
Representative Elijah Cummings, who represents Maryland in Congress, says, "We have to invest in our cities and our children."
And House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, who also represents the state, says, "But we're going to have to as a country invest if we're
going to have the kinds of communities we want." But the idea that we haven't been "investing" in Baltimore is nonsense.
Least 5 Shot, 3 Killed, Saturday in Gun-Controlled Baltimore. At least five people were shot, three fatally,
Saturday [7/27/2019] in gun-controlled Baltimore, Maryland. WJZ reports the first shooting, which proved fatal,
occurred around shortly after 1 pm. Officers rushed to the scene and "found a man with gunshot wounds to his
body." He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Brian Logan - West Baltimore Is Definitely A Rat And Rodent Infested Mess! African American Anthony Brian
Logan on President Trump on Saturday branded Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a "brutal bully" for his treatment of border
patrol officials at committee hearings — and described Cumming's district as "far worse and more dangerous" than
the southern border. "Cumming[s'] District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time
in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place," Trump tweeted, before calling for an
investigation into why Baltimore received so much federal funding.
Attack on Baltimore Doesn't Go Far Enough. On Friday, Trump attacked Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who
had been complaining about conditions at the border, by saying "his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous."
Trump called it "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." He's right about the rats. Last year, the pest-control
service Orkin rated Baltimore as one of the "rattiest cities," behind Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., San
Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. Naturally, Trump's tweets are being labeled as racist.
Mayor Caught on Camera: "Whoa, you can smell the rats". On Saturday [7/27/2019] President Trump correctly
blamed Cummings for the state of his district which is in disarray and crime ridden. "Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a
brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when
actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous.
is right — Baltimore [has been] mistreated by elected Dems, residents deserve better. The people of
Baltimore pledged their allegiance to Democrats in City Hall and Washington, only to be betrayed, their community turned into
a dumping ground for the political ruling class. Instead of addressing the blight and squalor in his congressional
district, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings has been taking cheap shots at Border Patrol agents and the Trump
administration's handling of the illegal immigrant invasion.
Trump vs. Baltimore. What
President Donald Trump's detractors don't seem to realize (or refuse to realize) is his genius in instinctively identifying
wide-open attacks avenues against the Democratic Party that previous Republicans were too scared to undertake for fear of
being called racists. Trump simply doesn't care what they say about him, since he's such an accomplished rhetorical
counterpuncher, and his latest target is calling out Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings over how horrible parts of
Baltimore have become. The huge advantage Trump starts out with is bedrock truth, given that not only is Baltimore been
a declining city with a high crime rate for a long time now, but that major TV networks have been driving this point home
with shows like Homicide: Life on the Streets and The Wire.
Aides Defend His Comments on Baltimore, 'Zero to Do With Race'. Aides and allies of President Donald Trump
spoke out on July 28 to defend his criticisms of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and the handling of his Maryland
congressional district, which the president earlier described as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." At the
same time, Trump amplified his disapproval of Cummings and doubled down on his comments that he did a "very poor job" in
Baltimore, as he turned his criticisms toward House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the handling of her own district in
San Francisco. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump's
description of Cummings's district contained no racial connotations.
Commentary about Baltimore and Chicago.
[Scroll down] Baltimore is a rat and rodent-infested mess. Never mind a recent investigative report in
which an entire block was apparently taking water service from a fire hydrant. How [...] does that go on
for more than an hour or so before a city cop sees it and the fire department and code people show up? The danger to
the public of tampering with fire connections like that is quite severe; what else is being overlooked? Maybe a
few illegal natural gas taps to go with the water? How many screwdrivers are in place across the contacts of
disconnected electric meter boxes? Baltimore, and the rest of our Democrat-controlled cities, have become corrupt
cesspools with people literally [defecating] on the streets.
Aired 'Rat Film' Documentary About Baltimore's Rodent Problem in 2018. More than a year before Donald Trump
criticized Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in a tweet on Saturday for ignoring his Baltimore district's "disgusting, rat and
rodent infested mess," PBS aired a documentary titled Rat Film about the city's rodent problem.
Film' documentary about Baltimore's rodent fight. "Rat Film," a documentary that takes the decades-long fight
waged against Baltimore's rat population and uses it as a lens through which to look at how the city has addressed myriad
social issues over the decades, airs tonight on PBS. The hour-long documentary from Baltimore filmmaker Theo Anthony, a
crowd favorite at last May's 19th Maryland Film Festival, airs at 10 p.m. on Maryland Public Television as the latest episode
of PBS's "Independent Lens" series. It repeats at 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. A longer version of Anthony's film played
festival, as well as at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway in September . In chronicling Baltimore's decades-long
battle against its unwelcome rodent population, Anthony details some disturbing parallels with the ways city leaders have tried to
deal with various urban situations.
Rat Infestation Is So Bad They Made A Documentary About It 2 Years Ago. The Baltimore rat problem President
Donald Trump tweeted about Saturday is apparently so extensive that it was the subject of a documentary two years ago.
The president's tweets took aim at Democratic Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who has been very critical of the
administration's immigration and migrant detention policies, calling his home district in Baltimore "rodent infested."
Baltimore the symbol of Democrats. Democrat Elijah Cummings enjoys a safe seat in Congress, so safe that the
congressman thought he could front the clan that wants to impeach President Donald John Trump. In response, President
Trump showed the nation how third world parts of Cummings' district in Baltimore is. Baltimore's last Republican mayor
was Theodore McKeldin, whose term ended 52 years ago. His successor was Nancy Pelosi's brother, Thomas D'Alesandro
III. The population was 939,024 and mainly white back then. Now the population is 602,495 and mainly black.
Democrat Baltimore Mayor Caught On Camera Complaining About 'Rats, Dead Animals' Last Year. As the media and
Democratic Party tries to portray President Donald Trump's tweets about Baltimore as racist, a resurfaced clip from last year
shows Democratic Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh complaining about the poor conditions in part of the city, specifically
"rats" and "dead animals."
Sun Op-ed, 2016: Trump's Right: Declare Baltimore a 'Disaster' and Rebuild It. The Baltimore Sun
published an op-ed on Nov. 9, 2016 — the day Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 presidential
election — in which the author called for Baltimore to be declared a disaster, and rebuilt.
Ambush: Trump forces Democrats to defend the indefensible, again. President Trump has done it
again. Just as he forced Democrats to defend the far-left 'Squad' in his unexpected ambush on Rep. Ilhan Omar and
her pals, he's now forcing Democrats to own the urban shambles and filth that characterize one-party blue-city rule, putting
all Democrats on their backfoot. That's what's behind his surprise Twitter assault that began with Rep. Elijah
Cummings and his rat-infested Baltimore district, which pretty much came out of the blue.
was cool when Bernie Sanders called Baltimore 'a disgrace,' worse than N. Korea, but Trump's a racist. 2020
presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), during his prior presidential run in 2016, compared Baltimore to a
"Third World country" while touring one of the city's neighborhoods and subsequently tweeted, "Residents of Baltimore's
poorest boroughs have lifespans shorter than people living under dictatorship in North Korea. That is a disgrace."
"Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you're in a wealthy nation," the Socialist-Democrat
Sanders told reporters after his December 2015 tour. "You would think that you were in a Third World country."
of Baltimore Agrees with Trump: Cummings 'Hasn't Done Anything for Us'. President Trump doubled down on
his previous remarks on the condition of Rep. Elijah Cummings' (D-MD) Baltimore district, retweeting a video Saturday [7/27/2019] of
a local resident who said his remarks were "definitely true." After a day of criticism from the left, the president renewed his
critique of Cummings and his Baltimore district, circulating the views of Baltimore resident Michelle, who blasted Cummings and said he
"hasn't done anything" for them.
Politicians Like Bernie Sanders And Barack Obama Ripped Baltimore's Crime Problem (But That Was Just Fine).
Bernie Sanders actually compared Baltimore to a "third world country." [...] But apparently those comments were ok to most
of the national media. It's apparently only bad for Trump to criticize Baltimore for true problems.
Criticizes Border Conditions — President Trump Reminds Cummings of His Home District. Charity begins
at home; so too does good governance. President Trump confronts Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings with the
reality of his own district in Baltimore, Maryland, and the blight that's been neglected for decades. [...] Remember,
Cummings represents a district that is so manifestly leftist and corrupt, when the riots broke out in 2015 Baltimore Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the police to stand down and give the rioters "space to destroy". Yeah, remember
her. How did that career work out?
Sanders Blasted Elijah Cummings' District as a 'Third World Country'. Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Sunday
[7/28/2019] he thinks it's "unbelievable" that President Trump "attacks American cities" when asked about Trump's tweet
calling Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings' Baltimore district a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." However,
Sanders sounded a different tune in 2015 when he likened Cummings' West Baltimore district to a "Third World country."
Do Democrats Run All of the Dangerous and Rodent Infested Cities? Rep. Cummings, while being very obsessed
with Russia, seems utterly bewildered with the idea that anyone could dare question why so many billions of federal dollars
flow to places like West Baltimore when they are obviously doing no good. Look at other cities in similar dilapidation
and there holds a unique truth: Democrats run them all. How long will sewage run down the streets of San
Francisco? How long will St. Louis, Detroit, and Baltimore, continue to rotate as the nation's most dangerous
crime infested metros?
Criticizes Border Conditions, President Trump Reminds Cummings of His Home District. Charity begins at home; so
too does good governance. President Trump confronts Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings with the reality of
his own district in Baltimore, Maryland, and the blight that's been neglected for decades.
Do you see what the top ten cities have in common?
The Ninth Most Rat
Infested City Is Baltimore. Orkin released its Top 50 Rattiest Cities
list [on 10/15/2018],
and for the fourth consecutive time, Chicago takes the top spot. Orkin ranked metro regions by the
number of new rodent treatments performed from September 15, 2017 [to] September 15, 2018.
This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
[#2]   Los Angeles
[#3]   New York
[#4]   Washington, DC
[#5]   San Francisco
[#8]   Cleveland, OH
Well done Elijah, though you can't take all the credit. The Democrats who have run Baltimore in the ground for
decades are just as responsible for this as you are.
Shocking': Brazen Attacks Caught On Camera Around Baltimore, Reward Being Offered. Brazen attacks were caught
on camera around Baltimore and police are asking the public for help in solving the crimes. Video first obtained by WJZ
shows the attack on a civilian employee of the Baltimore City Police Department, who was stomped on the head by a group of
teens riding Lime scooters. The suspects continue to remain at large. These videos are really disturbing but we
wanted to show them to you so that someone out there can help solve this crime. It also shows the brutality. This
employee gets kicked in the head, again and again.
Anchor Victor Blackwell Accuses Trump of Racism, Defends Hometown Baltimore. Victor Blackwell, co-host of CNN's
New Day Weekend program, defended his hometown Baltimore from criticism by President Donald Trump Saturday morning.
Blackwell, who is black, accused Trump of racism but failed to explain the horrid conditions in West Baltimore that Trump
condemned, saying only, "there are challenges, no doubt."
Media Claim Trump
Is Racist For 'Infestation' 'Rat' Tweet About Baltimore. These Videos Tell A Different Story. On
Saturday, the media painted President Donald Trump as a racist for tweeting about the disastrous conditions in the district
in West Baltimore represented by Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD). [...] "Baltimore had the worst homicide rate
among the nation's 50 largest cities last year and the second-highest violent crime rate overall, according to new data from
the FBI," The Baltimore Sun reported in 2018. Video filmed by politico Kimberly Klacik also reinforce President Trump's
tweets. In the videos, Baltimore residents complain about the rough conditions and desperately beg for government
officials to "help."
slams 'brutal bully' Elijah Cummings, claims Baltimore district is 'more dangerous' than border. President
Trump on Saturday branded Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a "brutal bully" for his treatment of border patrol officials at
committee hearings — and described Cumming's district as "far worse and more dangerous" than the southern
border. "Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol
about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous," he tweeted
Saturday morning [7/27/2019].
Trump Calls Baltimore
'Disgusting, Rat And Rodent Infested Mess'. President Donald Trump is not a fan of Baltimore, or the Democratic
lawmaker that represents much of the city in Congress. In a series of tweets on Saturday, the Republican described the
Maryland metropolis as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" that is "a very dangerous & filthy place."
police employee is assaulted, robbed of car, in downtown area. A Baltimore police employee was assaulted and
robbed of his car in the downtown area this morning, just days after the deputy police commissioner and his wife were robbed
at gunpoint. This latest robbery reportedly happened Wednesday morning just blocks from police headquarters on Fayette Street.
Family of homicide
victim speaks after suspects arrested in double shooting. The deadly violence in Baltimore City is taking its
toll outside the city limits as the parents of a Harford County woman prepare to bury their daughter who was gunned down in
the streets of Baltimore. [...] 26-year-old Brittany Foster was one of two people who were shot to death on Bloomingdale Road
on Tuesday [7/2/2019]. Two days later, police announced the arrest of 18-year-old Donyell Morris and 17-year-old Charles
Baltimore Police praised and
promoted Gun Trace Task Force leader despite complaints, allegations of misconduct. Wayne Jenkins was living a
double life. Then 34, he was already an admired leader of aggressive street squads and would go on to head the elite
Gun Trace Task Force, one of the Baltimore Police Department's go-to assets in the fight against violent crime. He was
also the ringleader of a criminal enterprise of police officers who were robbing people and dealing drugs.
mayor, at anti-gun rally, suggests boxing matches could settle disputes. The new mayor of Baltimore —
one of America's most dangerous cities — wants rival factions to put down their guns and put up their dukes.
During a Sunday speech at an anti-gun violence rally, Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young — who took office after Catherine Pugh
resigned in May amid scandal — advocated organized fights as a means to solve disputes without using weapons.
"There's mediation. If they wanna really settle them, we can have them down at the Civic Center, put a boxing ring up, and
let them go and box it out," Young told WBAL.
The Editor says...
Although the current system isn't working, Mayor Young's plan is a male dominance ritual better suited to the gorilla cage at the zoo.
There is no reason to think that the loser of one of the mayor's boxing matches will forever put away his firearms and concede defeat.
Exactly the opposite is true.
Of Law In American Cities. Since 2015 there has been a strong trend of Baltimore police ignoring some of the
violations that should have always been enforced. This change in attitude is largely attributed to the aftermath of the
death of Freddie Gray in the back of a patrol car and the violence that followed. Although the crime rate was much
higher, police reported seeing less crime overall and made fewer reports. The only thing that makes sense is that they
started ignoring a lot of incidents that should have resulted in arrests and charges. The homicide rate in Baltimore
skyrocketed to a tragic 342 reported homicides in 2017. Shootings have gone up dramatically. There is no end
to this without some enforcement of current laws.
TV anchor Mary Bubala ousted after asking controversial question about city's recent mayors. A Baltimore TV
anchor was ousted days after she received backlash for asking a question surrounding the race, gender and leadership
abilities of the city's recent mayors that some viewers deemed "racist and sexist." Mary Bubala, the anchor for CBS
affiliate WJZ-TV's 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts, no longer worked at the television station as of Monday,
four days after her question to Loyola University Maryland professor Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead led to a firestorm of
criticism, the station's manager Audra Swain told the Baltimore Sun.
What did she say that isn't absolutely true?
TV anchor ousted after backlash to question about 'female, African American mayors'. A Baltimore television
station has dismissed one of its anchors who drew criticism for a question she posed late last week about the gender and
race of the city's past three mayors.
Mayor Pugh resigns amid children's book scandal. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has resigned following weeks of
investigations into a scandal around her self-published children's books. In a statement read by her attorney Steven
Silverman at a Thursday afternoon [5/2/2019] press conference, Pugh announced she was stepping down, effective immediately.
The Pelosi Preakness.
[T]here really is no excuse for Baltimore to be the mess of a city it has become. A lot of American cities, big and small, have
lost out in the postindustrial shifts of the last 60 years. But Metro D.C. is recession-proof, and ever growing. The
vast stretches of east and west Baltimore that lie abandoned could be condemned, razed, and replaced with condo towers and market-rate
apartments to serve the bevy of white-collar workers who could find these areas convenient. But that's beneath the Baltimore
politicos. They spend their time worrying about high-profile projects like sports stadiums, and of course, municipal graft.
Which brings us to Nancy Pelosi. Her dad, "Big Tommy" D'Alesandro, was Baltimore mayor throughout the 1950s and was a legendary
crook. He made a lot of money, but his public career cratered over charges of kickbacks. His son was also mayor of Baltimore
and likewise left public life under a cloud, especially for his inept leadership in the 1968 Baltimore riots. The ensuing white flight
killed off what had been a substantial GOP base in the town, leaving Charm City a fiefdom for crooks and incompetents. Little Nancy
was part of the graft from the beginning, even helping Big Tommy keep his account book of "favors done and owed". When the Pelosi
family moved to San Francisco, Nancy brought the Baltimore touch to the Bay area, pulling out the brass knuckles to raise funds for
Jerry Brown's Democrats and winning a congressional seat.
Agents Raid Homes and Office of Corrupt Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Political "space to destroy"
leadership, particularly mayors in Baltimore Maryland, have an inherent disposition toward transparently corrupt
behavior. Remember Sheila Dixon in '08, or Stephanie Rawlings Blake in '15. It's a perpetual cycle. I
digress. Into the recent corrupt landscape comes current Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who takes bribes and graft
through a pay-to-play bribery scandal for books she "authored" called "Healthy Holly". Want a city contract?
Buy some books[.]
mayor not lucid enough to decide whether to resign. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is sick and not "lucid"
enough to decide whether to resign over a federal investigation into shady sales of a children's book she authored, her
lawyer said Thursday [4/25/2019]. The embattled Democrat was at her house during an FBI and IRS raid on the property
earlier Thursday and met with a doctor there, said her attorney Steve Silverman. An earlier report from local outlet
WJZ quoted sources saying Pugh had skipped town. But her lawyer — whose office was also raided by the
feds — said he met with her for an hour at her Ashburton house, according to The Baltimore Sun.
mayor whereabouts unknown as FBI, IRS raid her office, home. The days keep getting worse for Baltimore Mayor
Catherine Pugh. On Thursday, federal agents raided her homes and offices, Maryland's governor called for her
resignation "for the good of the city" and speculation swirled about her whereabouts, as she presumably is still recovering
from a bout of pneumonia. The escalating drama played out in Baltimore amid a backdrop of political isolation for the
embattled first-term mayor, whose sales of her self-published "Healthy Holly" books to a medical system she oversaw and to
firms seeking contracts in the city are being investigated by federal and state authorities.
governor calls on Baltimore mayor to resign following FBI raid. Maryland's governor has called on the mayor of
Baltimore to resign. The state's governor, Larry Hogan, a Republican, called on Thursday morning [4/25/2019] for Catherine Pugh
to leave office "for the good of the city". Agents with the FBI and Internal Revenue Service carried out a raid on Baltimore
city hall and two homes belonging to the mayor on Thursday morning, amid widening investigations to determine whether she used
sales of her children's books to disguise government kickbacks.
raids Baltimore City Hall, home of Mayor Catherine Pugh, her attorney's office and three other locations.
Hauling out boxes of "Healthy Holly" books and documents, dozens of federal law enforcement agents Thursday struck homes,
businesses and government buildings across Baltimore as an investigation into Mayor Catherine Pugh's business dealings
widened. FBI agents and IRS officials executed search warrants at her City Hall office, Pugh's two houses, and offices
of the mayor's allies, as the growing scandal consumed the city's attention, generated national headlines and provoked fresh
calls for the embattled Democratic mayor's resignation.
Federal agents raid Baltimore mayor's
home. Federal agents have raided the home of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh amid uproar over lucrative business
deals for her self-published children's book. FBI and tax agents also searched city hall and a training centre
associated with Ms Pugh on Thursday [4/25/2019]. The Democrat earned hundreds of thousands of dollars through sales of
Healthy Holly books to city entities. She has been on a leave of absence since 1 April. Baltimore City Council
this month called on her to resign.
Aren't Enough. [Clarence Maurice Mitchell IV] was formerly a member of Maryland's House of Delegates and its
Senate. In recent weeks, Mitchell has been talking about the terrible crime situation in Baltimore. In 2018, there
were 308 homicides. So far this year, there have been 69. That's in a 2018 population of 611,648 — down
from nearly a million in 1950. The city is pinning its hopes to reduce homicides and other crime on new Police Commissioner
Michael Harrison. Another hot news item in Baltimore is the fact that Johns Hopkins University wants to hire 100 armed police
officers to patrol its campuses, hospital and surrounding neighborhoods. The hospital president, Dr. Redonda Miller
testified in Annapolis hearings that patients and employees are "scared when they walk home, they're scared when they walk to
Mayor Takes 'Indefinite Leave' as Self-Dealing Scandal Spurs Calls for Resignation. Baltimore Mayor Catherine
Pugh (D.) announced Monday she is taking an indefinite eave of absence, citing health reasons. This follows
embarrassing revelations of a book-selling arrangement she had with Baltimore's largest health providers, which led to calls
from top officials for her to step down. Gov. Larry Hogan (R.) told the state prosecutor that the allegations
against Pugh are "deeply disturbing," the Associated Press reported. Hogan expressed particular concern about a
$500,000 sale to the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) "because it has significant continuing ties with the State
and receives very substantial public funding." Comptroller Peter Franchot (D.) was explicit in his demand for Pugh to
leave office immediately.
Bookgate Continues: Where Are All The Books? We're now well into the second week of bookgate in the city
of Baltimore, Maryland. The passage of time and various requests for information from Mayor Catherine Pugh, the University
of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the Baltimore City School District have not made this tale smell any better. All the
members of the UMMS Board of Directors who had these "self-dealing" arrangements have now either resigned or been placed on leave.
But one question specific to Mayor Pugh's situation remains unanswered. If she supposedly "sold" 100,000 copies of her
self-published children's book to UMMS to be distributed around hospitals and schools in the city, where are they all?
The last order for 20,000 books may or may not have been canceled, but that still leaves a lot of books to account for.
Of Those Books Baltimore's Mayor Sold Are Sitting In A Warehouse. When last we checked in on the growing
scandal surrounding Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, we learned that she had resigned from the Board of Directors for the
University of Maryland Medical System. (In her resignation letter she stated she had "many other pressing concerns
that require my full attention, energy and efforts.") What the resignation didn't clear up was the matter of the
half million dollars the UMMS had paid her for tens of thousands of copies of a children's book she had written and self-published.
Despite calls from Maryland legislators and even the Governor to give the money back, no mention of that was made in her resignation letter.
Baltimore mayor resigns from board of U.-Md. Medical System.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has resigned from the board of the University of Maryland Medical System following a
controversy involving a deal with the hospital system to buy her children's books. Last week, Pugh (D) and others on
the health system's board were criticized by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and top state lawmakers for the financial deals with
the hospital system and possible conflicts of interest. On a financial disclosure form, Pugh listed a $100,000 profit
for one year from selling 20,000 copies of her self-published children's book series "Healthy Holly" to the University of
Maryland health system, which runs 13 hospitals including the state's trauma unit in Baltimore and has connections
with the state's dental and medical schools.
of Baltimore. In Baltimore, you can tell a lot about the politics of the person you're talking with by the word
he or she uses to describe the events of April 27, 2015. Some people, and most media outlets, call them the "riots"; some the
"unrest." Guy was among those who always referred to them as the "uprising," a word that connoted something justifiable and
positive: the first step, however tumultuous, toward a freer and fairer city. Policing in Baltimore, Guy and many other
residents believed, was broken, with officers serving as an occupying army in enemy territory — harassing
African-American residents without cause, breeding distrust and hostility.
Baltimore's persistent violence, police department failing to fill 500 patrol officer positions. The Baltimore
Police Department's efforts to recruit hundreds of new police officers to fill vacant patrol positions in the face of
persistently high levels of street violence are not going well, according to new recruitment figures obtained by The
Baltimore Sun. The department is not only failing to fill the estimated 500 vacancies, but suffered a net loss of 36
sworn officers in 2018 — hiring 184 officers but losing 220 others, data show. Meanwhile, homicides
have topped 300 in each of the past four years, making Baltimore the most murderous big city in the nation.
spike in DC and Baltimore, defying downward trend in other big cities. Homicides surged about 40 percent last
year in the nation's capital while nearby Baltimore continued to notch almost one killing per day — defying the
downward trend in other big U.S. cities. According to The Washington Post, a total of 160 homicides as of Monday night
[12/31/2018] was driven by the more frequent use of guns in crimes. Law enforcement officials told the newspaper that petty
disputes between people who already know each other and are armed account for many of D.C.'s killings.
Post- Freddy Gray Bad News From Baltimore. This Washington Post article about homicide rates in Baltimore is important for
two reasons. First, it confirms with updated statistics the killing spree that followed attacks on policing in Baltimore after
Freddy Gray's accidental death. Second, it demonstrates why recidivism rates based on arrest statistics vastly understate the
amount of crime committed by those released for prison. [...] A depleted, demoralized police force is going to struggle to solve crimes,
especially when crime is increasing. And a police force that's demonized by politicians and the federal government is probably
going to receive less help from residents in solving crimes than a force that's not under concerted assault. But here's the point
that's relevant to legislation, like the recent jailbreak bill, that results in less jail time for criminals, especially felons.
The inability of the police to solve crimes means that the recidivism statistics based on arrest rates vastly understate the amount of
crime released prisoners actually commit.
Baltimore Drivers Want City To Crack Down On 'Squeegee Kids'. When 17-year-old Jaylen Brown found himself in
need of extra cash last summer, he did what many of his classmates had begun doing years ago. He stuck a tree branch
into a sponge and started to squeegee. Now a seasoned window-washer, Brown has traded in the contraption for a
Mallory — a sturdy-handled squeegee with a thick, spongey top. In between school and his 6 p.m. shift
at Burger King, Brown will walk the median of President Street in Baltimore with his cousin Tony Jackson. If they get a
nod from a driver, the teens will give the windshield a quick scrub and pocket whatever bills get dangled out the window.
"We catch hundos, 20s, 50s sometimes, fives, and dollars," says Jackson. On a good day, the cousins each head home $200 richer.
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And all that income is tax-free, because they are paid anonymously in cash.
Ex-Baltimore police officer admitted misconduct, expanding scope of Gun Trace Task Force corruption probe. A
former Baltimore police officer has admitted to the FBI that he stole money, lied in police reports and improperly used
electronic surveillance devices, federal prosecutors in California said — widening the scope of police misconduct
unearthed by the Gun Trace Task Force scandal. Former Det. Matthew Ryckman resigned from the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Sacramento this fall after admitting the misconduct in an interview with the FBI,
according to a Nov. 16 letter sent by the U.S. Attorney's Office in California to local defense attorneys that was obtained
by The Baltimore Sun. Ryckman has not been charged with any crimes in California or Maryland, and declined to comment
woman 'felt moved' to give panhandler money before she was stabbed to death, husband says. A Maryland woman who
"felt moved" to give money to a panhandler early Saturday morning was killed when a man lurking nearby plunged a knife into
her chest and fled with her valuables, the woman's husband said. Keith Smith told the Baltimore Sun his wife, Jacquelyn
Smith, wanted to help the woman — who appeared to be holding a baby — early Saturday morning in east
Baltimore because she "felt moved to give her some money." The couple had been dancing hours before the attack and
celebrating Keith Smith's 28-year-old daughter's birthday.
County woman fatally stabbed in Baltimore after rolling down car window to give a woman money. 54-year-old
Harford County woman died early Saturday morning after being stabbed in the chest, according to Baltimore police.
Police say Jacquelyn Smith and her family were driving through the 1000 block of Valley St. in the Johnston Square
neighborhood at 12:27 a.m. when they saw a young woman carrying what appeared to be a baby and holding a cardboard
sign that said "Please Help me feed my Baby." Smith, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, rolled down the
window to give her money.
Media Foist False Narratives to Sow Social Discord, They Indeed Are the Enemy of the People. Social discord
leads to streets being set on fire — witness Ferguson and Baltimore during the Obama Years. Social discord dispirits
potentially valuable citizens who could help build a society, instead turning them against that society and motivating
them to work towards its downfall or simply to drop out.
Suffered Worst Murder Rate Per Capita of All U.S. Cities in 2017. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) data, the City of Baltimore had the worst murder rate of all U.S. big cities in 2017. Chicago gets a lot of press
for its high murder rate and the city did, indeed, have far more murders than Baltimore in 2017. But Chicago is also far
larger than Baltimore (about 3 million for Chicago versus 615,000 for Baltimore), so on a per capita basis, Maryland's
largest metropolis was far more dangerous for its citizens than even the blood-soaked Windy City. CBS Baltimore noted
that Baltimore's 342 homicides resulted in a homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people of cities with more than 500,000 citizens.
catches Baltimore mayor's surprise & disgust as she tours her own city: 'You can smell the rats'. Baltimore
Mayor Catherine Pugh was captured on camera saying "you can smell the rats" among other derogatory remarks as she toured a
low-income neighborhood in the crime-ridden city. The Democrat mayor was slammed for being offensive and out-of-touch
after touring an East Baltimore neighborhood with other city officials, which included vacant homes, the Baltimore Sun
reported. [...] While the overnight removal of Confederate statues from the city was accomplished under Pugh last year, rats
appear to be a greater challenge.
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The article immediately above includes a number of quotes from the mayor, almost all of which reveal a profound
inability to express herself without resorting to profanity. In my opinion, such a narrow vocabulary is
the sign of a low-class individual with a substandard education.
Police Have 'Stopped Noticing Crime'. An interesting news story ran in Thursday's [7/12/2018] USA Today.
"Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death," read the headline. "A wave of killings followed."
What I found most interesting about it, though, was not the facts that were reported but rather that anyone should have found them
surprising. "Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation's deadliest big city," the story begins, "a
curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime." The story goes on
to describe how Baltimore's police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers out and about, fewer traffic violators, fewer
people with arrest warrants, fewer of any type of person who previously would have attracted their attention. Note that
the story does not say there were fewer of these lawbreakers, only that the police did not report seeing as many. Surely
if the officers were being candid, they would say they saw just as many as ever, but that they made the decision not to do
anything about them.
Police Report and Doctor's Note, School Says No Evidence of Bullying. Despite the police report, the medical
records and the doctor's note, which all describe a serious attack, the school determined "there is not sufficient evidence
to prove that your child was subjected to bullying or intimidation behaviors." There was no recommended discipline for the
attacker. This mom calls it a cover up. "The boy was playing and he hit her in the head by mistake. That's
what the principal said," the mom told Project Baltimore. "How could somebody just hit you in the head by accident?"
says the daughter, who told us she was hit three times. "I feel the children are not safe in the schools anymore.
If I had the money or the means to be able to do it, I would take her out of the school system altogether and put her
somewhere private," says the mom.
handling of Freddie Gray case, Baltimore prosecutor wins primary toward 2nd term. Baltimore's top prosecutor
won her Democratic primary Tuesday, assuring her of a second term despite criticism over what critics say was her botched
2015 prosecution of six police officers in the death of a black man named Freddie Gray. The victory effectively hands
the job of state's attorney to Marilyn Mosby because the city is dominated by the Democratic Party and no Republican filed to
scandal brewing in Baltimore as new docs come to light on house arrest of alleged cop killer Dawnta Harris. As
a follow up to our post on Thursday on Dawnta Harris, the 16-year-old who allegedly ran over and killed a Baltimore cop with
a stolen car while on house arrest for stealing a car, new documents have come to light that confirm that Harris' mother
begged Juvenile Service to keep her son locked up: [...] And another document shows that officials did not seek detention of
Harris on May 18 in an emergency hearing called after the teen missed numerous check-ins to confirms his house arrest.
charged with officer's killing has criminal history. We are learning more about the 16-year-old charged with
first-degree murder in Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio's death. Speaking at the District Court for Baltimore
on Tuesday, the judge, in this case, said he wasn't sure any juvenile facility is secure enough to hold Dawnta Harris.
Harris has been charged with a series of car thefts. Police also believe he stole the jeep that was used to kill
Officer Caprio[.] Prosecutors said Harris was arrested four times for auto theft since December of last year.
more teens charged with first-degree murder in slaying of Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio. Three
additional teens have been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio,
authorities said Wednesday [5/23/2018]. Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15, Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16, and 17-year-old Eugene
Robert Genuis IV were also hit with burglary charges and were charged as adults. Dawnta Anthony Harris, who is 16, had
been charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday [5/22/2018], one day after Officer Caprio was fatally struck by a vehicle.
Harris admitted to a detective that he "drove at the officer."
charged in death of Baltimore County officer; remaining three teen suspects also in custody. A 16-year-old has
been arrested and charged as an adult in the death of a police officer on Monday, and three other suspects — all
teenage males — are in custody. Dawnta Anthony Harris, of the 1600 block of Vincent Court in the Gilmor
Homes complex in West Baltimore, was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Officer Amy Caprio, according to
court records. He is being held without bail at an adult detention center.
teacher carjacked at Maryland school by group of girls, cops say. Maryland police have arrested two of the four
teenage girls accused of approaching a pregnant teacher in a school parking lot and stealing her car, purse and
cellphone. The teacher was not hurt but went to the hospital to see a doctor as a precaution, Baltimore County police
said. Police said Sunday [4/22/2018] they had arrested a 16-year-old girl, Tyana Keyshawn Holmes, and a 14-year-old
girl on carjacking and robbery charges. Holmes is being charged as an adult. The younger girl is being charged as
Mayor Tries to Address City's Violence by Telling Businesses When to Close. The city of Baltimore has a real
problem. It's been suffering from a wave of violence for some time now. Residents of the city thought it was
over. After all, the murder rate for the first three months of this year dropped significantly, undoubtedly a good
sign. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. This month, the city has seen at least 29 murders as the violence
surged yet again. This led Mayor Catherine E. Pugh to take to the streets to visit some local businesses.
One of the exchanges recorded by the Baltimore Sun was a little concerning, though.
$37 Million from the Clinton Foundation Disappeared in Baltimore. Why did the Clinton Foundation send a $37 million
grant for the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund in 2010 to a Baltimore post office box when the CBHF told federal tax authorities that its only
office that year was in Washington, D.C.? For the rest of us, the answers to that and many other questions posed by those who
wonder why investigations into obvious and rampant frauds involving Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and their purported foundation
never go anywhere are complex. But they're worth following if you care about combating charitable fraud.
The Greatest Threat to Black Americans. Turning 65, my relative is about to retire from her job as a Baltimore City transit bus driver.
She said she is extremely tired of having to deal with black people with entitlement mindsets. Self-preservation has taught her not to argue with
thugs boarding her bus, refusing to pay the fare. Upon asking a gentleman to pay his bus fare, he exploded in anger, ranting about how a black
man can't catch a break in this [...] country.
causing Baltimore's population loss? It's no mystery. With the U.S. Census Bureau reporting yet another
year of population loss for the city, it doesn't take an investigator to determine the causes. The city's scary record
of 343 homicides in 2017 affirms the city's well-known reputation as a dangerous place to live. Even if 2018 has fewer
homicides, it doesn't take a fortune teller to predict that this year's homicide rate will be high. Until the city
substantially reduces its homicide and other crimes rates, people will continue to view the city as dangerous and be
reluctant to stay or move here.
with Highest Per Capita Murder Rate Starts Defense Fund for Illegal Aliens. Less than a year after Baltimore
prosecutors ordered staff not to charge illegal immigrants with minor, non-violent crimes because it could get the offenders
deported, Maryland's largest city will hire immigration attorneys to help those facing removal. It's important to note
that Baltimore has the nation's highest per capita homicide rate and has been coined the deadliest big city in the United
States by a mainstream newspaper. Nevertheless, a city panel approved spending $200,000 this month to pay for lawyers
to represent illegal aliens with deportation orders. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says in a local news report that
the goal is for everyone to get due process. "We're not making a decision as to their status, we're making the decision
to be supportive of individuals who live in our city," according to the mayor.
ICNA-MAS in Baltimore:
A Meeting of Islamist Minds. This weekend (March 30-April 1), for the fourth year running, the Baltimore
Convention Center will host the joint convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS).
Alongside a cohort of prominent clerics will also be former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, Martin O'Malley, who just recently
appeared on the confirmed speakers list. Last April, the Baltimore Sun published a laudatory piece about the annual
event. The Sun's article glowingly describes how conference attendees handed out "blessing bags" of household necessities
to needy families and fed hundreds of homeless on the streets of Baltimore. But the Sun missed a crucial detail about
ICNA-MAS in its report: both ICNA and MAS are outgrowths of international Islamist movements. Both groups use benevolent
community involvement to provide cover for their continued practice of sponsoring extreme hate preachers and bigots.
A War Going On, But White Americans Don't Know — Yet. [Scroll down] I am also a complete
product of Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, BA, MD, residency and instructorship in diagnostic radiology at Johns
Hopkins Hospital. I was even born at Hopkins Hospital. For thirty years, I practiced medicine in the Baltimore
area and lived in a pleasant part of northern Baltimore City. But now we have left Baltimore for good. By the
time we left, black teens were stealing packages off the front porch, white heroin addicts were breaking into the carriage
house, and the police were advising residents to lock their second-floor windows and avoid going out alone or at night.
Black teenage carjackers shot a man about eighty yards from my front door. The police occasionally caught the perps,
but the courts released them because they were under-aged. The State of Maryland makes it almost impossible for a
normal person to obtain a concealed carry permit, but even if you could get one, you would be better off dead than having to
deal with the legal repercussions of shooting a black criminal.
testimony from the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial. A federal jury has convicted two
Baltimore Police detectives, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, for their roles in one of the biggest police corruption scandals
in recent memory. [...] [Detective Maurice] Ward testified that his squad would prowl the streets for guns and drugs, with
his supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, driving fast at groups of people and slamming on the brakes. The officers
would pop their doors open to see who ran, then give chase and detain and search them. Ward said this occurred 10 to
20 times on slow nights, and more than 50 times, "easy," on busier nights. The officers had no reason to target
the crowds other than to provoke someone who might have drugs or a gun into running. "A lot of times" guns and drugs
were recovered in this way, Ward said.
fallout from the demonizing of Baltimore's police force. Johns Hopkins University wants to form its own police
department with armed, sworn police officers to patrol its university and hospital campuses. The University already has
its own security personnel, approximately 1,000 strong. Even so, last Fall there were 16 gunpoint robberies around its
main campus in Baltimore. Thus, the Baltimore delegation to the state general assembly will propose legislation to
enable Hopkins to have its own police department. The plan has the support of Baltimore's police chief and its
mayor. Activists and some local politicians are wary of the idea, though. So, apparently is the Washington
Post. Reporters Ian Duncan and Talia Richman write darkly about "a new force of uniformed, armed and sworn officers
controlled by an institution with a historically troubled relationship with Baltimore's African American community, at a time
when policing in Baltimore is under federal scrutiny."
Of The Most Violent Cities In The World Are Right Here In America. [#21] Baltimore, Maryland: The city of
Baltimore has an astounding murder rate of 55.48 people per hundred thousand. Last year's murder rate was nearly as
high as the year that the riots erupted over the killing of Freddie Gray by city police officers. There's a murder nearly
every day of the year in Baltimore and the police force there is widely considered to be one of the most corrupt —
if not the most corrupt — in the nation.
Has Somehow Found Money To Pay For Lawyers For Illegal Aliens. The City of Baltimore, Maryland has been dealing
with their fair share of budget problems lately, the same as many other municipalities. In their recently completed
2018 budget negotiations, they wound up having to make cuts so deep they eliminated funding for things like new street lights
and trash cans. And all of that was happening at the same time as they struggled to fund law enforcement efforts aimed
at tamping down their historic murder rate. But somehow, in a bit of financial legerdemain, they came up with $100K to
pay for attorneys for illegal aliens fighting deportation orders. There's a lesson here about priorities somewhere, but
I get the feeling that the City Council wouldn't listen even if someone stopped by to brief them on it.
your facts straight, love': Ingraham's segment with Baltimore mayor overheats. It didn't take long for a discussion
between Laura Ingraham and Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh to go off the rails. [Video clip] Pugh appeared Wednesday
night [3/7/2018] on Fox News Channel's The Ingraham Angle to discuss the mayor's decision to provide "free" busses for students who
chose to ditch school on March 14 to attend March for our Lives anti-gun rally in Washington D.C. It's no secret that
Baltimore has been plagued with poverty and soaring crime, and Ingraham used the city's plight to drill Pugh's decision.
"You're funding buses, in part, to go down to Washington, and yet you have a budget deficit — " Ingraham said.
to battle violent crime by banning styrofoam? The city is one of the most dangerous in America, and, not
surprisingly, one of the most violent, so what are the central planners going to do about the spike in violence? Not
much it seems[.]
Baltimore effect: What gun-grabbers don't want to debate. Substance is not the strong suit of the
Left. Leftists tend to isolate one component of a policy issue, ignore the broader context, history, and consequences
of the larger issue, and use and abuse a national tragedy to exploit their agenda. Using political human shields is the
cherry on top. This is why they never want to discuss the broader history of gun violence and gun laws in America but
instead keep a myopic focus on school shootings while hiding behind the victims. Baltimore, my hometown, is a living
repudiation of the essence of the gun-grabbing premise. Baltimore is now considered the most dangerous city in the
country. And it's spilling over to the suburbs. In my neighborhood, people are too scared to walk outside at
night to throw out the trash because of the rampant burglaries, muggings, and carjackings. And no, they are not allowed
to carry a gun, which is part of the problem.
Park statue honoring national anthem is defaced, found sprayed with red paint. A statue paid for with pennies
contributed by Baltimore school children more than a century ago was found sprayed with red paint Monday morning [1/15/2018].
Jennifer Arndt Robinson, executive director of Friends of Patterson Park, said the bronze statue of children holding a
scroll to commemorate the writing of the Star Spangled Banner had been damaged by paint. The words "Racist Anthem" were
sprayed on a sidewalk near the statue. "We were notified early this morning of the incident," Robinson said. "We
are working with appropriate city officials to make sure it is addressed as quickly as possible."
dedicated to Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore defaced with paint. A statue honoring the composition of "The
Star-Spangled Banner" has been defaced in Baltimore, according to our affilate WBFF. Red paint was sprayed on the statue
in Baltimore's Patterson Park. The words "Racist Anthem" were sprayed on a sidewalk leading up to the statue Monday
morning [1/15/2018]. The statue built in 1914 was paid for with pennies collected by Baltimore schoolchildren.
Wife Of Man Attacked
By Teens During Carjacking Speaks With WJZ About His Recovery. Carjacked, thrown to the ground, and driven over
with his own car. The wife of a Baltimore County man who was attacked during a carjacking talks to WJZ about the
vicious attack that now has four teens behind bars. Right now, Baltimore County police are looking for two other teens
still wanted in connection with the carjacking that left a man seriously injured.
breaks city record for killings per capita in 2017. A surge of homicides in the starkly divided city resulted
in 343 killings in 2017, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever — roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people.
Pastor On The City's Homicide Rate: We Need Police To Come Back. Baltimore had 343 homicides in 2017, a
number which set a new record for the most murders per capita in the city's history. Today [12/31/2017] NPR published
an interesting interview with a Baltimore pastor named Rev. Kinji Scott who says the problem is that police in the city
have pulled back in the wake of the Freddie Gray case. [...] It's interesting that Scott blames progressives and liberal
journalists for demanding police back off but says that's not what most people in the community really wanted. You
sometimes hear that argument from conservatives but it never seems to carry much weight when they say it. Now that
Scott is saying it will anyone listen?
Residents Blame Record-High Murder Rate On Lower Police Presence. For the third year in a row, Baltimore, Md.,
has had more than 300 murders, reaching a new record of murders per number of residents in 2017. Some residents attribute
the high murder rate to relaxed police patrols in the city following high-profile cases of police brutality. Officers
have backed off in neighborhoods, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested.
Police Backed Away From A Community That Protested Against Them, And Guess What Happened? So the greatest
revelation that some communities may be grasping, moving into 2018 is that if you continuously threaten the police, attack
the police, protest and spit on the police, they'll back off and the crime in your communities goes up. Who knew?
It's almost as if law enforcement is a necessary part of a civil, safe society, and a couple of instances of bad apples are
not the whole of the profession. Now Baltimore, a scene of chaos after the death of Freddie Gray while in police
custody in 2015, is seeing a third straight year of murders over 300 in the city.
Baltimore Residents Blame Reduced Police Presence for High Murder Rate. More than any other major city in
America, Baltimore embraced the anti-police narrative about violence in the streets. The city's former mayor, Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake, proudly announced in 2015 at the height of the Freddie Gray protests that she was giving space to rioters so
they could destroy property more easily. The criminal element in Baltimore took that sentiment to heart. Now,
violence and murder is out of control and most residents blame a reduced police presence on the streets for the mayhem.
Run Baltimore had 343 Homicides in 2017, Sets Record for Killings Per Capita. There is nothing a Democrat
touches that doesn't turn to complete crap. Take for instance Baltimore, Maryland. They haven't had a Republican
mayor since 1967. Even Nancy Pelosi's father Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. was once mayor of Baltimore. So what happens
in 2017? They set a new record per capita in homicides: 343 to be exact.
Reacts To Crime: 'I Am Deeply Disturbed'. Last week the Baltimore police commissioner was fired up at a press
conference, Wednesday, the mayor responded to those who are lashing out at her. They say she doesn't take the violence
seriously. Mayor Catherine Pugh says every time there's a shooting or murder, her phone rings, and it couldn't be more
disturbing. Pugh says they're moving the hiring process along as fast as they can with officers but the City might not
feel the impact until next year.
Is What Anguish Looks Like: Victims of Black-on-White Violence. [Scroll down] Ditto in
Baltimore. Earlier this week, following dozens of recent attacks of black mob violence on white people, the mayor
announced she was going to get tough: she and her department heads were going to have a meeting every morning and talk about
this problem of runaway black violence in Baltimore until it went away. Like Chicago and hundreds of other Chocolate
Cities around the country, local authorities have decided "they are not going to arrest their way out of this mess."
Anyway, back to Baltimore: Local media told us a white girl on a bus got into an argument with a group of black
people. Translation: They had a disagreement about whether they should beat [...] her and leave her lying on the
curb, bloody. The cameras got there in time to let us see this white girl, still bloodstained. And how she
described the regular violence on the bus, and in her life, and how it was going to happen again tomorrow, with the same
lovely ladies or a different cast of characters.
The Wages of Social Justice Is Death.
Baltimore, a city whose best years ended more than a century ago, is a prime example of what happens when citizens are categorized by skin
color or cultural background, and then have differing standards of behavior applied to them by what should be an impartial justice system.
Instead of "social justice," the outcome is social disruption, mistrust, resentment, lawlessness and, if left unchecked, anarchy and civil war.
The Marxists not only know this, they desire it, which is why they press so hard for it.
Arrests Are Down In Baltimore And The Reason Why Is Infuriating. Baltimore is a cesspool of crime and corruption.
It has been for years. When Martin O'Malley was mayor his answer to the crime problem amounted to a policy of arresting black
men for being outside. The city paid to settle a lawsuit filed by the NAACP and the ACLU over unlawful arrests. The city
jail was wholly owned by the criminal drug gang known as the Black Guerilla Family. Crooked is the norm in Baltimore.
Mayor Pugh says crime 'out of control,' orders agencies to meet with police every morning. Calling violence in
Baltimore "out of control," Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered 30 agency heads to meet every morning at police headquarters, and to
make crime reduction the top mission not only of police, but also of health workers, housing officials and public works crews.
The mayor ordered the directors of more than half of the city's 55 departments to report to meetings daily at 8 a.m., when
they will plan with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis where weeds should be cut, lead paint covered and drug houses boarded up
and job applications can be handed out, among other tasks. Pugh appeared at City Hall Thursday flanked by agency heads.
"Violence in the city is out of control," she said. "I want every neighborhood to know I am extremely concerned and focused
on reducing violence."
police van driver Caesar Goodson not guilty on all 21 administrative charges in Freddie Gray case. Baltimore
Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was found not guilty Tuesday [11/7/2017] of all 21 administrative charges against him in
the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray. The verdict absolves Goodson once and for all in the case, and allows him to
continue his career on the city police force. Goodson, 48, the driver of the police van in which Gray was found with
severe spinal cord injuries in April 2015, was charged with neglecting his duty by failing to ensure Gray's safety by
securing him in a seat belt or calling a medic when he requested one. He was also charged with making false statements
to investigators. Goodson faced possible termination if any of the charges against him had been sustained.
lucky to be alive as upscale Baltimore neighborhood terrorized by marauding bands of teens wielding wooden boards. A
Baltimore woman says she's "lucky to be alive" after being beaten with wooden boards and sticks by a pack of teens on Halloween
night. The vicious group of around 10 to 15 juveniles committed at least three other attacks that night in the South Baltimore
area, a city councilman said, and police also believe the incidents are related.
Goodbye, tourism industry!
Teenagers Terrorize Baltimore's Inner Harbor With Random Attacks. Baltimore's Inner Harbor area is one of the
bright spots in the Maryland city. It's the home of the U.S.S. Constellation and one of the country's great
aquariums. It has restaurants and shops, and is near Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team and M&T
Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens football team. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Baltimore,
drawing large crowds. But over the past two weeks, violent groups of teenagers have randomly assaulted multiple
individuals in and around the Inner Harbor area. For now, the police have no suspects, and are identifying the group
behind the assaults only as "juveniles."
Ceasefire: second violence free weekend planned as homicides near 300. As homicides mount, Baltimore residents
are again calling for a weekend without violence. The second 72-hour-long Baltimore Ceasefire is scheduled Friday
through Sunday with events planned around the city each day in an effort to curb the city's rising number of homicides as it
nears 300. "We're doing ceasefires quarterly because we saw what the first one did, how much hope it gave the city," said
Erricka Bridgeford, one of the event's founders. The first ceasefire was held in August after 188 people had been
killed, and included marches, cookouts and vigils across the city, and two men were killed. It wasn't the first attempt
at a violence-free weekend in the city.
NJ Family Visiting
Baltimore Haunted By Random Teen Attack At Inner Harbor. It's the heart of Baltimore's tourism industry, but
the Inner Harbor turned into a nightmare for a visiting family of 10 earlier this month. Out of nowhere, they were
swarmed and beaten by a large number of teenagers. While the family that was attacked does not want to be identified,
they do want their story to be heard.
Swarmed, Beaten by 'Large Group of Teenagers' in Baltimore. Earlier this month, a family of 10 was visiting
Baltimore's picturesque Inner Harbor when suddenly a large mob surrounded them and beat them without provocation —
think of it as a group-effort knockout game. The family wasn't identified, but they spoke to local news about the
ordeal. "They swarmed us," a female victim said. "They hit my husband in the head. They knocked him out and
then it was just complete bedlam." The family was visiting from New Jersey on October 21 during the crowded
Baltimore Marathon weekend. The victims ranged from grandparents to grandchildren, according to WJZ.
Baltimore Police Searching
For Man Wanted For Murder. Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man wanted for
murder. Tyson Lemond Moore is wanted for first-degree murder and the use of a firearm to commit a crime of violence.
Rioter Learns His
Fate in Court. [Scroll down] To be clear, a drug addict freely roams the streets of Baltimore in
violation of probation. While the city's firefighters tried to do their jobs and possibly save lives, this dope head
cuts their water hose. Who knows what destruction occurred when firefighters no longer had water. Did businesses
burn? Did anybody die?
Baltimore Man Got
Probation Only For Rioting, Cutting Fire Hose — Breaks Probation And Gets Sentenced To More Probation.
A man who was front and center during the Baltimore rioting in 2015, and punctured a fire hose, has once again received
leniency, and will not have to serve time for probation violations. Greg Butler, now 23, showed up wearing a
gas mask and riding a bicycle at rioting in the city's Penn North neighborhood on April 27, 2015, according to The
Baltimore Sun. Firefighters were battling an out-of-control blaze started by rioters at a CVS Pharmacy when Butler
first stepped on a fire hose, then cut it twice with a serrated knife.
Activists Pursue City-Wide Ceasefire With 'Nobody Kill Anybody' Weekend. Although it has less than a tenth of
New York City's population, Baltimore has suffered 48 more homicides in 2017, according to police statistics. The
Maryland city's murder rate is also on the rise, 20 percent higher compared to the same period last year.
"nobody kill anybody weekend" lasts a little over a day. It was a noble effort to be sure and a pretty good
plan (all things considered) for as long as it lasted. Sadly, that wasn't terribly long at all. We're talking
about the effort by some Baltimore community leaders to enact a 72 hour "ceasefire" in the city. John noted the kickoff
of the effort on Friday [8/4/2017], while I'd described my own concerns about the prospects for success a couple of weeks
earlier. It was an effort that was labeled nobody kill anybody weekend, and it was supposed to run from Friday
morning until Sunday night.
County Police Searching For Violent Escapee. Baltimore County Police are searching for a prisoner in their
custody who escaped from inside St. Agnes Hospital located in the 900-block of Caton Avenue, 21229. Joshua Jerome
Brown, 21, with a last known address of 5600-block of Loch Raven Boulevard, 21239 ran out of St. Agnes Hospital while
receiving medical treatment on July 27, 2017 at 11:30 p.m. Brown was last seen running on Wilkens Avenue.
to Baltimore — City Destroyed by the Democratic Party. Baltimore isn't the only major city destroyed
by the Democratic party. They are just one of many. Baltimore is just as bad as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York
City or Philadelphia.
Sue Baltimore For Leaving Them To Their Own Defenses During Riots. Baltimore, Md. businesses filed a lawsuit
against the city for failing to protect their property during the 2015 Freddie Gray riots. Sixty plaintiffs joined the
lawsuit alleging that the city and police department were inadequately prepared for the riots, leading to almost
$13 million in damages to over 380 businesses, CBS Local Baltimore reported Thursday [6/22/2017]. "The City and
other Defendants failed them when they adopted a policy of restraint and issued stand-down orders, caring more about the
public perception that they feared would result with increased police presence than preventing what were clearly preventable
riots," Peter K. Hwang, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement.
and Chicago are in a race to the bottom, murder-wise. The temperature is going up across most of the nation
this month, and I mean that literally as well as in the figurative arena of political combat. And when the thermometer
gets into the 90s in some of America's larger urban centers it seems to bring out the worst in people. That was certainly
the case in Chicago, where residents witnessed yet another weekend with near record numbers of shootings and murders.
Baltimore, the joy and relief of making it through high school alive. These were the students who made it through high school alive.
Five didn't. Five of the roughly 300 teens who started the school year at Excel never made it to the end. They were killed in the
epidemic of gun violence that has claimed 146 victims through the end of May and made Baltimore "the toughest city in America to grow up
in," as the local politician who addressed the graduates called it.
Baltimore schools, no students proficient in state tests. A Project Baltimore investigation has found five
Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of
math and English.
Has Become A Rotting, Decaying War Zone. It is hard to believe that Baltimore was once one of the greatest
cities in the entire world. Unlike nearby Washington D.C., Baltimore is a blue collar city that is home to some of the
hardest working people in America. When I was in high school, my brother and I were huge fans of the Baltimore Orioles,
and once in a while our parents would drive us from our home in Virginia all the way up to Baltimore to see them play.
As an adult, I spent a number of years living near D.C., and I would take frequent trips up to Baltimore. To say that
the city is in a state of decline would be a major understatement. Everywhere you look there are abandoned buildings
and homes, and as you drive through some of the worst areas you can actually see drug addicts just lying in the
streets. Just like so many other communities all over this country, decades of liberal policies have taken a brutal
toll, and now the city is just a rotting, decaying shell of the glorious metropolis that it once was.
Sun: Say, Could Someone Explain Why Illegal Aliens Are Treated Better Than U.S. Citizens in Court? On the
bright side, illegal aliens are mostly not responsible for the massive spike in crimes, shootings, stabbings, and murders in
Charm City. What with all that crime, one can understand that the police would have illegals as lower rungs on the
ladder. But, they still go after people who violate traffic laws, do they not? Of course, the number of police
working for Baltimore has dropped precipitiously since the city decided to demonize the police.
Announces Illegal Aliens Can Commit Any Crimes They Want. Baltimore's murder rate is out of control. It's so bad that
they've asked for Federal help. Meanwhile their split lefty personality is taking sanctuary city to its logical conclusion.
California and other sanctuary jurisdictions have been complaining of Federal personnel showing up to bust illegal aliens. But they
can't bust them if you never charge them.
Is Begging Feds To Step In To Restore Law And Order. Baltimore's mayor asked the FBI to send in reinforcements
Wednesday to help the city get its murders under control. Mayor Catherine Pugh, speaking at a news conference,
explained she went to the FBI's Baltimore office for extra agents to join with police officers in combating a skyrocketing
murder count, reports CNN. "Murder is out of control. There are too many guns on the streets. We're looking
for all the help we can get," Pugh said. The city already has 101 murders for the year, a number not seen in almost
20 years. The mayor's spokesperson warned the violence could rise in the summer months.
Anti-Cop Consent Decree Imposed. An Obama-appointed judge is moving forward with a federal takeover of the
Baltimore, Md. police department that critics say will boost crime there by handcuffing police officers in the increasingly
violent city. The pleas of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fell on deaf ears as U.S. District Judge James K.
Bredar, appointed by President Obama in 2010, denied a request from Sessions to hold off on enforcing the consent decree
drafted by cop-haters for at least 30 days so the new Trump administration could assess the underlying settlement.
defamation suit against Marilyn Mosby to move forward. The long, drawn out battles surround the Freddie Gray
trials in Baltimore may seem like a distant memory at this point. Much of daily life in the city has returned to
normal, even though the murder rate stayed stubbornly high at 318 for last year. With all the trials against the police
officers involved in Gray's arrest and subsequent death having failed or been dismissed, the dust has largely settled.
The mayor is on her way to a civilian gig with the DNC.
Six — Federal Judge Allows Malicious Prosecution Case Against Marilyn Mosby To Proceed. Interesting
development in the aftermath of the Baltimore Six trials in the death of Freddie Gray. A federal judge, Marvin J
Garbis, has allowed a "malicious prosecution and defamation" lawsuit against Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby to proceed.
Ms. Mosby's position was that she held absolute prosecutorial immunity from actions taken as a state's attorney. Under
normal prosecutorial constructs her office would most likely be correct. However, the judge rightly pointed out that Mosby
conducted an independent investigation using her office for more than just prosecution.
Only 16% of Baltimore Teens Raised With Married Parents. A new report released by the Family Research Council's
Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) says that only 16 percent of 15- to 17-year-old teens in Baltimore have been
raised in an intact, married family. The report, released Wednesday and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites
Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is "one of the five least intact counties of America,"
along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn.
Expected to Approve Law Banning Possession of 'Replica' Guns. A Baltimore police detective shot and wounded
14-year-old Dedric Colvin earlier this year during a foot chase. Police say they gave chase and ultimately fired shots
after seeing Colvin carrying a weapon that appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol. After the shooting, however,
officers discovered the weapon was actually a BB pistol modeled after a popular type of semi-automatic handgun.
Authorities ruled the shooting was justified and no charges were filed against the officer. If the aftermath of the
incident, the Baltimore City Council decided that it wanted to do more to prevent another similar incident from happening.
How do they plan to achieve their goal? By passing a citywide ban on the possession of toy or replica guns that appear
similar to real handguns and rifles.
Mosby, Baltimore's top prosecutor, deletes banned ballot photo. Baltimore's top prosecutor tweeted, then
deleted a prohibited ballot-box photo on Election Day. The now-deleted image showed State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's
daughter looking over the blank ballot with the caption, "We Voted today #DoYourPartAndDoTheSame #We'reWithHer
@HillaryClinton." Maryland law prohibits the use of electronic devices inside polling places and voters are only
permitted to take photos outside.
must pay $1M restitution for cutting hose during Baltimore riots. A man who pleaded guilty to puncturing a fire
hose being used during the riots in Baltimore last year has been ordered to pay $1 million in restitution.
Twenty-two-year-old Gregory Lee Butler Jr., also known as Greg Baly, was ordered to serve three years of probation and to
perform 250 hours of community service. The Baltimore Sun reported that the government sought a 33-month prison
sentence. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz also sentenced Butler to time served on Thursday. Prosecutors say
Butler twice punctured a fire hose as firefighters were battling an arson blaze at a CVS drug store on April 27, 2015.
Mosby would like to prevent cops from opting for bench trials. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has
found herself on the ropes after a disastrous series of failures during the Freddie Gray trials, but she's apparently not
ready to give up on her efforts to put police officers in jail. She's hitting the media circuit defending her new
series of "reform" proposals which are described as efforts to hold law enforcement more accountable and bolster relations
between police and the community. There's no question that there are serious opportunities for improvement in that
area, but a couple of her proposals are drawing justifiable skepticism.
you're not being told about the new crime numbers. A close look at the data reveals that the largest increases
aren't pervasive nationwide, but are geographically uneven and concentrated among a small handful of cities. For
example, an oft-referenced report from the National Institute of Justice examining 56 large U.S. cities last year found that
the 10 with the largest absolute rise in homicides accounted for a full two-thirds of the total increase among those sampled
between 2014 and 2015. In fact, among cities with a population of greater than 250,000, almost one-quarter of the entire
homicide increase is accounted for by the massive increases in just Baltimore and Chicago!
Baltimore, the Mayor finally throws Marilyn Mosby under the bus. Two prominent women with both powerful
influence and considerable political ambition were in the eye of the media storm all through the Freddie Gray trials in
Baltimore these past couple of years. One was Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who famously held the police back to
"give those who wished to destroy space to do that" as rioters were burning down her city. The other was state's
attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. Married to Baltimore City Council member and recent mayoral candidate Nick Mosby, she's one
half of a power couple who shared lofty goals for political prominence. Unfortunately, she's also the same person who
stood on the steps of City Hall during the riots and promised to deliver "Justice for Freddie Gray" rather than simply
justice for all in the city.
bank robbery suspect dead, another hurt in shooting, police say. A police officer fatally shot a man
[9/23/2016] who had robbed a suburban Baltimore bank and injured a second man involved in the robbery, firing through
the windshield of their oncoming car Friday [9/23/2016], authorities said.
Say Teens Live-Streamed Daylight Armed-Robbery of 64-Year-Old Man. A 64-year-old man was reading a book at a
Baltimore park earlier this week he suddenly became the victim of a violent robbery. Baltimore police say the man was
attacked by a group of teens that placed a gun to the man's head, sprayed him with mace and then stabbed him — all
in broad daylight. The attackers then allegedly made off with the man's iPhone, a North Face jacket and $60 in
cash. As if it is not already bad enough, Baltimore police say the one of the teens filmed the entire attack and
live-streamed over Facebook. The Baltimore Sun reports police on Friday announced the arrest of Zannay Laws and Dakei
Perry, both 18, in connection with the brutal attack. Both now face attempted murder and robbery charges over the incident.
Million Taxpayer Dollars Goes to Help Students Cope With Freddie Gray Trauma. The U.S. Department of Education
awarded the city of Baltimore more than $2.3 million in grant money to help students deal with "significant trauma related to
episodes of civil unrest." The announcement said that the money is part of a new Promoting Student Resilience (PSR) program
geared "to promote student resilience." The federal government gave Baltimore $2,374,000, which will go towards counseling
and behavioral programs to improve the mental health of students who may have been traumatized by civil unrest. After Freddie
Gray's death as a result of injuries suffered while in police custody, protests and rioting broke out in the city. Tension
increased again after the officers involved were either acquitted at trial or had their charges dropped by prosecutors.
'Pre-Search' Is Coming
to U.S. Policing. News that the city of Baltimore has been under surreptitious, mass-scale camera surveillance
will have ramifications across the criminal justice world. [...] Since January, police in Baltimore have been
testing an aerial surveillance system developed for military use in Iraq. The system records visible activity
across an area as wide as thirty square miles for as much as ten hours at a time. Police can use it to work backward
from an event, watching the comings and goings of people and cars to develop leads about who was involved. [...] But the
technology collects images of everyone and everything. From people in their backyards to anyone going from home to work,
to the psychologist's or marriage counselor's office, to meetings with lawyers or advocacy groups, and to public protests.
offering $5,000 for info on Baltimore gun store robbers. [F]our males entered the store and took off with cash
and firearms. A fifth remained outside as a wheelman and lookout.
reaches 200 homicides with man's fatal stabbing. Baltimore officially has had 200 homicide victims in 2016
after an autopsy confirmed a 42-year-old man found dead Friday just west of downtown had been fatally stabbed. The
victim, identified Monday as Franswhaun Smith, was found Friday about 7:50 a.m. in the 700 block of Murphy Lane,
in the Heritage Crossing neighborhood that was formerly the site of the Murphy Homes public housing development.
Residents Beg Police To Protect Their Neighborhoods. As Justice Department civil rights lawyers held a meeting
to talk about overhauling the Baltimore police department, another group of Baltimore residents gathered to beg the police to
fix the crime in their neighborhoods. The meetings show a disconnect between those who are concerned about crime and
those worried about police reform, reports the Washington Post. Neither group was aware the other one was meeting.
About 40 people, most of them older black women, gathered in a West Baltimore church basement to ask police to return
order to their community. A gas station owner whose parking lot had been taken over by loiterers begged for help; a
17-year old was also fatally shot there. Another man asked about the foot patrol officers that were promised to the
streams tainted by amphetamines. Are the nation's streams tainted with hard drugs? If they're near urban
areas, the answer is likely yes based on a new study that found amphetamine polluting water sources in Baltimore, CNN
reports. Researchers who tested samples from six streams around the Maryland city found them tainted with "amphetamine
concentrations are high enough to alter the base of the aquatic food web," per a press release.
Pushes "Implicit Bias Training" for Local Police Officers. How dispiriting it must be for police officers to
patrol these mean streets day after day, especially now amidst all the criticism and accusations of racism. No wonder
Baltimore's police force is failing to retain so many officers. But never fear. The U.S. Department of Justice
has an answer. It has been pushing localities to provide "implicit bias training" for police officers and will require
federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to undergo it. Loretta Lynch is a big fan.
police lieutenant suspended after calling Black Lives Matter protesters 'thugs': Reports. A Baltimore Police
lieutenant and union leader was suspended Monday after sending an email referring to Black Lives Matter protesters as "thugs"
to the entire police force, according to local news reports. The email followed demonstrations outside the Hyatt
Regency Baltimore hosting the four-day Maryland Fraternal Order of Police conference.
Attorney Marilyn Mosby [Deficient] As An Attorney. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby [lacks competence]
as an attorney. Perhaps it's not her fault. Maybe she missed class the day they taught law at her racist law
school. Or perhaps she's just the latest black social justice warrior trying to stick it to the police and 'the man'
while she still has the full support of Imam Obama and Attorney General and Assistant Imam Loretta Lynch for a few
months. Either way, she's getting [...] sued by the cops she wrongfully prosecuted in the death of Freddie Gray.
The last of the charges against the Baltimore po-po in the Freddy Gray case was dropped today [7/27/2016].
DOJ's Baltimore Police Report Contributes to a Hostile Environment for Law Enforcement. [Numerous] heinous crimes occurred as
Baltimore was experiencing the bloodiest year in its history, measured on a per capita basis. Shootings, homicides, and robberies surged
after the April 2015 riots triggered by the accidental death of drug dealer Freddie Gray following an arrest. Nearly two dozen children
were killed in 2015. Baltimore's homicide count matched that of New York City's, a city 13 and a half times Baltimore's size.
Unfortunately, such crime merits but a few passing references in the 163-page report on the Baltimore Police Department released yesterday
[8/10/2016] by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Report claims Baltimore's
police discriminate against blacks. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not
adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a [scathing] Justice Department report. The report said officers make large numbers of stops —
mostly in poor, black neighborhoods — with dubious justification and unlawfully arrest citizens for speech deemed disrespectful. During a ride-along
with Justice Department officials, a sergeant instructed a patrol officer to stop a group of young African-American males on a street corner, question them and order
them to disperse.
The Editor says...
Keep in mind that the report comes from the heavily-politicized Obama Department of Justice.
cops routinely target blacks: DOJ report. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against
blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly
critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday [8/10/2016].
The Editor says...
The police should "routinely target" those who commit most of the crime.
Rice, highest-ranking officer cleared in Freddie Gray's death, to get $127K in back pay. Baltimore police
Lt. Brian S. Rice, who was acquitted of manslaughter, misconduct and other charges in the death of Freddie Gray, is set
to receive about $127,000 in back pay. The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday [8/10/2016] is scheduled to authorize a payment
of $126,916 to Rice. Rice and three other officers charged with felonies in connection with Gray's death were suspended
without pay, under department policy. Having been acquitted, Rice is now entitled to back pay under that policy.
police dues doubled to pay for legal defense of officers in Freddie Gray case, avert union insolvency. Footing
the bill for the high-powered defense of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray
crippled the city's police union financially, officials said, until members voted unanimously this year to nearly double
their dues. Now, with the unexpected conclusion of the Gray case this week, the union's legal bills are expected to
sharply drop off — but not the dues. Officials at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 say they will
continue collecting dues at the higher rate as a precaution, at least as long as Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby
is in office. "Yes, we will continue the same dues structure because we expect Ms. Mosby to continue her inane,
malicious prosecution of police officers simply for doing their job," Gene Ryan said.
in Freddie Gray Case Suing Marilyn Mosby. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby may have dropped criminal
charges against the remaining officers in the Freddie Gray trial, but she remains entrenched in a legal battle in civil
court. Five of the six officers charged for the death of Gray are suing Mosby, as well as Maj. Samuel Cogen of
the Baltimore Sheriff's Office, in civil court for a gamut of causes. In several lawsuits filed earlier this year,
Officers William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, Lt. Brian Rice, and Sgt. Alicia White alleged defamation,
false arrest, false imprisonment, and violation of constitutional rights, among others.
Gray case: Charges against three remaining officers dropped. Prosecutors dropped all remaining charges
against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in a downtown courtroom on Wednesday
morning [7/27/2016], concluding one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history. The startling move
was an apparent acknowledgment of the unlikelihood of a conviction following the acquittals of three other officers on
similar and more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who was expected to preside over the remaining
trials as well.
Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers — Mosby Blames Judge Williams. Baltimore prosecutor
Marilyn Mosby has dropped all charges against the remaining police officers. All charges were dropped against all the
officers who faced trial in connection with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray April 2015. The decision was announced
during pretrial motions for Officer Garrett Miller, who was the next to face charges of second-degree assault, misconduct in
office and reckless endangerment.
Drop All Remaining Charges Related to Death of Freddie Gray. The Baltimore State's Attorney's Office has
dropped all remaining charges against police officers related to the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore Sun reporter
Kevin Rector just made the stunning announcement in a series of tweets earlier Wednesday morning [7/27/2016].
Prosecutor in Freddie
Gray case: I'm not anti-police. Shortly after being elected last year, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn
Mosby said prosecutors in her troubled city had the "toughest job in America." It's not getting any easier. After
three police officers were acquitted in recent months of charges related to last year's high-profile death of Freddie Gray,
prosecutors announced Wednesday [7/27/2016] they were dropping all charges against the three remaining officers facing trial
in connection with Gray's death.
Mosby Slams Police Investigators, Baltimore Judge In Fiery Press Conference. Marilyn Mosby's cases against six
Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray has been by all accounts an utter failure, but the state's attorney
was nevertheless defiant on Wednesday when she announced her office is dropping charges against the three officers who still
faced trial. The 36-year-old Mosby, who became a media darling last year when she announced charges against the
officers for the arrest and death of Gray, complained during a press conference that the deck was stacked against her and her
team of prosecutors.
Blasts Freddie Gray Prosecutor: 'She Should Prosecute Herself'. During a morning news conference, Donald Trump
came out swinging against the prosecutor who charged six officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. Gray suffered
injuries while in a Baltimore Police transport van before falling into a coma and dying. On Wednesday [7/27/2016], in a
surprise move, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced that all of the remaining charges against the police
officers would be dropped. This came after three officers were acquitted and a fourth officer's trial ended in hung
jury last year. Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has come under fire for her handling of the cases, with one law professor even
filing complaints demanding her disbarment.
Black Heroes Who Took Down the Freddie Gray Hoax. Once again, Judge Barry G. Williams handed the Freddie Gray
lynch mob a decisive defeat, shredding the prosecution's case against Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking police officer
targeted by the mob. Judge Williams stated firmly that, the court "cannot be swayed by sympathy, prejudice or public
opinion." Instead he insisted that it had to follow the law. [...] Not only is their Freddie Gray hoax being destroyed,
trial by trial, based on the lack of evidence, but the destroyer is an articulate and principled African-American judge.
Worse still, Judge Williams had prosecuted police misconduct cases for the Justice Department. And when he takes apart the
Gray hoax, as he has done in multiple trials, it's from the standpoint of a uniquely qualified expert. You can see why the
media is staying away.
lieutenant is acquitted in the death of Freddie Gray. A Maryland judge has acquitted Baltimore police Lieutenant Brian Rice over the death of black
detainee Freddie Gray. Rice, 42, became the third cop to walk free in the high profile case which sparked riots and protests across the country.
Gray case: Judge acquits Lt. Brian Rice of all charges. Prosecutors in Baltimore failed for the
fourth time to secure a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitting Lt. Brian
Rice of all charges Monday [7/18/2016] related to Gray's arrest and death. Williams cleared Rice, 42, of involuntary manslaughter,
reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in a downtown Baltimore courtroom. The judge had dismissed a second-degree assault
charge at the trial's midpoint, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the start. Rice chose a bench trial rather
than a jury trial, putting his legal fate in Williams' hands. He was the fourth of six officers charged in the case to go to trial,
and the third to be acquitted by Williams.
Ranking Officer In Freddie Gray Case Acquitted Of All Charges. On Monday [7/18/2016], Circuit Judge Barry G.
Williams acquitted Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking of the six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, of all
charges in Gray's death. Rice, 42, had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct
in office; a second-degree assault charge was dismissed by Williams halfway through the trial, and prosecutors dropped a
second misconduct charge at the beginning of the trial.
officer charged in Freddie Gray case acquitted on all counts. A judge in Baltimore Monday [7/18/2016] acquitted
the highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, marking the fourth trial that prosecutors failed to
win. Lt. Brian Rice faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in
office. He opted for a bench trial by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams. The judge previously
dismissed a second-degree assault charge, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge against the 42-year-old officer,
who is white.
professor John Banzhaf seeks disbarment of Baltimore prosecutors in Freddie Gray trials. Legal analysts ripped
Baltimore prosecutors Monday over their handling of the Freddie Gray case, saying the prosecution should drop all charges
against the three remaining police officers or risk more embarrassment in the courtroom. [...] The pointed criticism came
Monday after Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted of all charges for his role in Gray's arrest and death. The lieutenant
was the highest-ranking of the accused officers, and his full acquittal was the third consecutive loss for prosecutors.
Another trial ended in a hung jury in December, and a retrial has been scheduled. But legal analysts said any
subsequent trials should be canceled.
Descends Into Chaos Thanks To City's Failure To Back The Police. Jermaine Schofield was gunned down in
Baltimore on Sunday [7/10/2016], one of three murder victims in the city that day. Today, Schofield's family held a
vigil for him. During the vigil, a gunman fired at attendees. Five were hit. Thankfully, all are expected
to survive. These events are not an aberration. Baltimore has descended into chaos since, in the aftermath of
Freddy Gray's death, the city failed to back its police force. Murders surged a staggering 63 percent in 2015, with
344 people killed. This year hasn't been quite as bad so far, but the murder rate remains abnormally
high. Meanwhile, Baltimore's police force is shrinking dramatically.
Six Update — Brian Rice Trial: Judge Dismisses One Assault Charge Mid Trial. The judge dropped
one of four charges Monday [7/11/2016] against Baltimore police Lt. Brian Rice in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, ruling
prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to prove second-degree assault after three days of witness testimony. Circuit
Judge Barry G. Williams made the decision at the trial's midpoint — after the prosecution rested its case,
but before Rice's attorneys launched into his defense — by partially granting a defense motion for acquittal.
wounded after gunman opens fire at vigil for Baltimore shooting victim. Five people were shot at a candle-lit
vigil for a Baltimore shooting victim, according to police. Up to 30 vigil-goers were gathered for Jermaine Scofield,
24, who was shot dead early Sunday in Charm City, when the gunfire erupted. Baltimore Police said that four women and a
man were wounded, though none had life-threatening injuries. A gunman approached on foot and opened fire, according to police.
Charges Filed Against Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Expect to hear the race baiters yelling, "She's
innocent until proven guilty..." Hmmmm. I wonder if they'll mean "innocent until proven guilty" the way the
officers were? [...] Marilyn Mosby is a racist, a despicable human being, and a disgrace to the legal profession. To
hear that a Georgetown professor has filed charges that Mosby be disbarred comes as welcome news.
Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson joins Baltimore City Schools. Former mayoral candidate and Black Lives
Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has been named to the transition team of incoming Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja B.
Santelises. Mckesson will serve as the interim chief human capital officer. He previously served in Baltimore City
Public Schools as a human capital specialist from August 2011 to February 2012, then as special assistant to the chief human
capital officer until December 2013.
The Editor says...
It's safe to presume that the "human capital officer" is the person who makes sure everybody they hire is black.
was accurate. But none of it was true. [Scroll down] With little evidence of criminal acts,
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers with multiple felonies, including murder, after having
the reports on the case for less than two days. After blatantly attempting to poison the jury pool with her
announcement, while doing excellently in the court of public opinion, she has so far not done well in the court of
law. Of three cases, two acquittals and one hung jury.
Revelations In Baltimore Six Case Outlines Marilyn Mosby Seeking Prosecution Despite Evidence. In March of 2012
there was a clear inflection point within the judicial system when leftists, professional grievance activists, switched
tactics from proclaiming the innocence of the transparently guilty, to advocating for the guilt of the transparently
innocent. The political case constructs against George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson were two high-profile examples that
soon followed... now this: This past weekend the Baltimore Sun outlined investigative evidence from a Baltimore detective,
Dawnyell Taylor, that clearly shows the prosecution of the Baltimore Six police officers was yet another example. Baltimore
prosecutor Marilyn Mosby manufactured a political case intended to advocate for the guilt of the transparently innocent.
detective says misleading narrative presented to grand jury in Freddie Gray case, records show. The lead
Baltimore police detective in the Freddie Gray investigation said she reluctantly read to grand jurors a summary of evidence
provided by prosecutors that she believed was misleading, according to police records reviewed by The Baltimore Sun.
Hours later, the grand jurors issued criminal indictments against six police officers in the arrest and death of Gray.
Detective Dawnyell Taylor said in a daily log of case notes on the investigation that a prosecutor handed her a four-page,
typed narrative at the courthouse just before she appeared before the grand jury. "As I read over the narrative it had
several things that I found to be inconsistent with our investigation," Taylor wrote, adding: "I thought the statements
in the narrative were misquoted."
Mosby may have an ethical obligation to abandon the rest of the Freddie Gray trials. With the complete
acquittal of Caesar Goodson this week, the argument being made by Maryland State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has essentially
imploded. Goodson was allegedly the "most culpable" in the death of Freddie Gray and the one officer involved in the
incident who might have been convicted on any sort of charges. There are still four more trials slated to take place,
however, all of which would grind more salt into the wounds between City Hall and the police force. Should they even continue?
in Baltimore? Blame the bungling prosecutor. It now looks likely that no one will be held criminally
responsible for the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. If so, blame Maryland State's Attorney Marilyn
Mosby. In a bid to score political points, she rushed in to overcharge six cops even as mobs rioted and looted in
Baltimore's streets. On Thursday [6/23/2016] she lost the third and most critical trial in the racially charged case as
Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson of all charges, including second-degree murder.
From the start, legal experts warned the facts didn't back up the charges — and the judge, an African-American
who previously prosecuted police misconduct, agreed.
of officers' trials could impact prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's political career, observers say. Eyes across the
country were on Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. as he was acquitted of all charges Thursday [6/23/2016] in the death of
Freddie Gray. Another person drew similar attention: Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. Mosby gained
national prominence in May 2015 when she announced charges against six Baltimore officers on the steps of the War Memorial building,
days after arson and looting rocked the city.
Police union president calls on Mosby to reconsider 'malicious prosecution'. The president of a union representing Baltimore
Police Officers held a briefing Thursday [6/23/2016], after Officer Caesar Goodson was cleared of charges in the Freddie Gray case.
Lt. Gene Ryan said he was very pleased and "extremely grateful" for Judge Barry William's ruling and called on Baltimore City State's
Attorney Marilyn Mosby to drop the cases against the remaining four officers facing trial. "While we agree with the verdict in this
case against Officer Goodson we also suggest that Mrs. Mosby reconsider her malicious prosecution against the remaining four officers,"
said Ryan. "We are more than certain that they too will be found to be without guilt. To continue this travesty is an insult to
the tax-paying citizens of Baltimore who, at the end of the day, bear the full burden of the enormous costs of these trials that have
no merit and continue to divide our city."
Mosby Disgrace Continues: Officer Goodson Acquitted of All Charges in Freddie Gray Case. Make it 0-for-3
for Marilyn Mosby, the incompetent demagogue prosecutor who trumped up cases against six Baltimore police officers after the
death of Freddie Gray. Today [6/23/2016], a judge acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson of all seven charges, including the
outrageous allegation of "depraved heart murder." Goodson is the third cop to be tried. Mosby has yet to win a
conviction on any count. As I have repeatedly observed, that is because there is no criminal case here. Gray's
death was an accident. He suffered a severe spinal injury, which strongly appears to have been self-induced, while
being driven in a police van after he was lawfully arrested.
Freddie Gray case:
Caesar Goodson found not guilty of "depraved-heart" murder. A judge explained why he found Officer Caesar
Goodson not guilty in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken on the way to the
station: He didn't see any evidence of a crime. Baltimore Judge Barry Williams ruled Thursday [6/23/2016] that the state
failed to prove the police driver committed murder, manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment or misconduct in office.
"There has been no evidence that this defendant intended for a crime to happen," Williams said.
Gray case: Officer Caesar Goodson found not guilty of murder. A Baltimore judge acquitted the police
officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday [6/23/2016], delivering a broad rebuke of a
case that he said lacked evidence. Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, drove the transport van in which Gray sustained fatal
injuries. He is the second officer cleared in the high-profile case. Four other officers could still face trial.
Gray case: Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. not guilty on all charges. A Baltimore judge acquitted the police
officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday [6/23/2016], delivering a broad rebuke of a
case that he said lacked evidence. Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, drove the transport van in which Gray sustained
fatal injuries. He is the second officer cleared in the high-profile case. Four other officers could still face
trial. After an eight-day bench trial, Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Goodson not guilty on charges that included
second-degree depraved-heart murder and three counts of manslaughter.
Goodson verdict delivers blow to Baltimore City Hall. NBC News is describing the result as the "chips being
stacked" against the prosecutors, which is fairly typical for the media, but if that's true it's because State Attorney
Marilyn Mosby and her team, with the full cooperation of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, brought this on herself. Mosby
made her attitude toward the Baltimore Police clear from the beginning, promising the rioting crowds in the early days of
this incident that she would deliver "justice for Freddie Gray" rather than simply justice.
Allen Testifies, Claims Forgetfulness In Sixth Day Of Goodson Trial. There was plenty of conflict on the sixth
day of the second degree murder trial of Baltimore City Police Officer Caesar Goodson, the police van driver who is charged
in the death of Freddie Gray. The day started with Judge Barry Williams denying a defense motion to dismiss the
case. Williams said at this point, the state had presented enough evidence to continue the case on all seven charges,
though the judge said it was, "a close call" on the most serious charge, seocnd [sic] degree murder depraved heart.
Six Update — The Case Against Caesar Goodson Begins Collapsing. Officer Caesar Goodson was the
police transport van driver who the Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has charge with murder. However, the case is
beginning to collapse because as outlined last year the evidence simply isn't there. Not only is the evidence not
there, exculpatory evidence hidden by the prosecutors continues to diminish their sketchy foundation for the charges.
Last week Judge Barry Williams was put into a difficult position by the State of Maryland when it was discovered the
Baltimore prosecutors office had withheld exculpatory evidence, known legally as "Brady evidence", from the defense
team. This was the third time Mosby's team had been caught manipulating evidence. Williams was not happy.
Gray trial: expert witness crumbles in van driver's prosecution. Prosecutors seeking murder charges over
Freddie Gray's death rested their case against Caesar Goodson on Wednesday [6/15/2016] with an expert witness who crumbled
under cross-examination. His testimony was the latest of several blows in the trial that experts say is prosecutors'
best shot at getting a conviction for Gray's death. After failing to win in the first two trials, the case against
Caesar Goodson is especially important for Marilyn Mosby, the embattled state's attorney. Goodson was the driver of
the van in which Gray was transported, and faces the most serious charge of second-degree depraved heart murder.
Gray case: Prosecutors turn over additional evidence during trial of Officer Caesar Goodson. Evidence
disclosed for the first time Wednesday [6/15/2016] in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the van driver charged with
second-degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray, suggests that the doctor performing Gray's autopsy at one point intended
to rule his death an accident. Assistant medical examiner Dr. Carol Allan ultimately ruled the death a homicide.
She has stood by that ruling during Goodson's trial, testifying that she never felt Gray's death was an accident.
revelation threatens to derail latest Freddie Gray trial. There's been a bit of a bombshell dropped in the
trial of Ceasar Goodson, the police officer who drove the van in which Freddie Gray sustained his eventually fatal
injuries. We previously discussed the decision by Goodson's team to opt for a bench trial and allow Judge Barrie
Williams to decide his fate rather than facing a jury, along with how that might impact his fate. Now, the early
signs are that it might have been a wise choice.
Prosecutors Withheld Evidence To Railroad A Cop In Freddie Gray Case. [Scroll down] Why does this make a
difference? Because, as David French points out, "It turns out that Allen had given a second, extended interview to the
prosecution where he reaffirmed his initial story, and that initial story is devastating to the prosecution's case." Allen
testified that Goodman had provided a "smooth ride," that Gray was banging his own head against the barrier, and that Gray was
still upright and moving for most of the ride. This would essentially exonerate Goodman. Before the left cries racism,
here's a sad fact for their case: Goodman is black, and so is Williams.
Last Minute Motion To Dismiss Due to Severe Brady Violation. Baltimore Police Officer Cesar Goodson (left) is
scheduled to begin his bench trial today, Thursday [6/9/2016], in the third prosecution revolving around the Freddie Gray case.
However, a stunning last minute motion to dismiss, based on a severe Brady violation from prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's office,
might just end the entire trial before it begins. Those of you familiar with the political prosecution in the Zimmerman
trial will remember the frequency of Brady Violations from Angela Corey. Marilyn Mosby is worse.
blasts prosecutors as new Freddie Gray trial begins. The judge in the trial of an officer charged in the death
of a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in the back of a police van blasted prosecutors on Thursday [6/9/2016] for
withholding information from the defense.
Mosby Is Facing Two More Lawsuits From Different Baltimore Cops In Freddie Gray Case. Baltimore State's
Attorney Marilyn Mosby is now facing two more lawsuits from Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie
Gray. A federal judge unsealed court documents Tuesday [6/7/2016] that show Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero
filed a joint suit against Mosby and Maj. Samuel Cogen of the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office, the Baltimore Sun
reports. The suit alleges false imprisonment, defamation and violation of constitutional rights, claiming the charges
filed against the officers were trumped up in an effort to quell anger after the Baltimore riots.
Baltimore Mayor's Castro Odyssey. Remember how after Baltimore was half destroyed by rioters last summer
Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's made headlines by claiming she gave Baltimore rioters "space to destroy"?
She tried to walk back the unfortunate statement — but it only half-worked. In any case, as president of the
U.S. Conference of Mayors, last week she was in (totally destroyed by Communism) Cuba leading a mayoral delegation which also
includes Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans (among the murder capitols of the U.S.). "These meetings and visits will
provide U.S. mayors and Cuban officials the opportunity to share best practices for providing city services in
education, healthcare, infrastructure, and transportation, according to the press release." Note how the release says
the Communist apparatchiks and U.S. mayors will "share."
Cops To Sue Marilyn Mosby For 'Malicious Prosecution'. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will face a
slew of new counts, including malicious prosecution and false arrest in a lawsuit brought by two Baltimore cops, The Daily
Caller News Foundation has learned. Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter, two officers charged in the
death of Freddie Gray, filed suit May 2 against Mosby and Maj. Sam Cogen of the Baltimore Sheriff's office for
defamation and invasion of privacy. The suit alleges Mosby and Cogen knew the charges were trumped up, but filed them
anyway to quell the riots that had ravaged the city.
Freddie Gray Lynch Mob Lie. No matter what Baltimore's corrupt Democrat-controlled political machine tries, it
can't manage to convict anyone in the unusual April 19, 2015 death of Gray, a 25-year-old man with a long arrest
record. Gray passed away a week after his arrest after apparently suffering ultimately fatal injuries during transport
in a police paddy wagon. The non-conviction is also a stinging rebuke to Democrats like Barack Obama whose party has
officially endorsed the violent, racist Black Lives Matter movement. The left-wing narrative that racist killer cops
are on a rampage across the nation isn't getting any traction — because it is a vicious lie and Americans know it.
And it is becoming increasingly obvious that the six Charm City police officers were charged solely for political reasons.
criticized after officer acquittal. After two trials and no convictions, Baltimore's top prosecutor is facing
criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray without first ensuring
there was enough evidence to bring them to bear.
officer found not guilty on all charges in Freddie Gray case. A judge in Baltimore Monday [5/23/2016] found a police
officer not guilty on all charges against him in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, months after
another officer's trial ended in a hung jury. Officer Edward Nero faced second-degree assault, misconduct in office and
reckless endangerment charges.
Blames 'White People' After Cop Found Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case. Baltimore city residents expressed
disappointment in response to the city circuit court Monday finding a police officer not guilty in connection to the death of
Freddie Gray. Officer Edward Nero was charged with several misdemeanor offenses after Gray died April, 2015, in his
custody. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Nero not guilty of all charges just over a year later.
Freddie Gray and Jihad:
Narrative v. Fact. [Scroll down] In Baltimore, the municipal government — working hand
in glove with Obama's federal government — has its narrative: the "Black Lives Matter" storyline which holds that
Gray's death in police custody was a cold-blooded murder caused by pervasive racism. As was the case in the 1990s
terrorism cases, the official government media narrative had nothing to do with the actual facts of the case. Gray's
death was an accident. Baltimore's criminal justice system is among the most thoroughly integrated in the country.
The critical difference between then and now, though, is that in the absence of evidence, the prosecutors are trying to sell
their propaganda as proof.
and good sense in Baltimore. The policeman on trial for his role in the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore was
acquitted Monday [5/23/2016] and the city did not explode. Much of the credit for keeping the peace goes to the Gray
family. Billy Murphy, the family lawyer, said after the verdict that "I don't think anybody should be upset with this
verdict." He praised the judge, who like Freddie Gray, is black, for deciding on the facts and not the public pressure coming
from both sides. "It's a very, very difficult job to sit as a judge under these enormously stressful conditions," he
said, "and once again Judge Barry Williams has shown that he is a fair and impartial man."
Gray case: Officer Nero found not guilty of all charges. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Monday
rejected the state's case against Officer Edward Nero, acquitting him on all counts for his role in the arrest of Freddie
Gray. The verdict, which followed a five-day bench trial, is the first in the closely-watched case. Nero, 30, had
faced misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.
Gray Arresting Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty On All Charges. Freddie Gray arresting officer Edward Nero
was found not guilty on all counts by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams Monday morning [5/23/2016].
Nero faced charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.
Nero Trial Day 3. The prosecution's case turns out to be just as weak and ridiculous as every reasonable person
has long since perceived. In essence, the prosecution's theory of criminal liability for Nero rests on the fact that
when his superior officer, Lieutenant Brian Rice, radioed for assistance in chasing down a fleeing Freddie Gray, Nero
complied with that request without first making an independent evaluation of whether reasonable suspicion existed for the
stop or probable cause for the arrest. Of course, such automatic good faith compliance with fellow officers in a
pursuit and arrest is precisely what police are trained and expected to do.
Confirms Obama Judicial Nominee Opposed by Maryland Police Unions. The Senate confirmed Paula Xinis for a
federal judgeship in Maryland by a vote of 53-34, over the protests of major state police unions and outside conservative
groups. Xinis, a partner and senior trial attorney at the Baltimore law firm representing the family of Freddie Gray,
will serve in what is in effect a lifetime position on the U.S. District Court of Maryland. Gray died in police custody
and trials are ongoing for the six officers involved in his arrest.
to test novel legal theory in trial of officer charged in Freddie Gray case. Prosecutors are expected to test a
novel legal theory this week in the trial of a police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray —
that the officer didn't have the authority to detain him and therefore committed an assault by putting him in handcuffs.
The allegation could have widespread implications for policing in Baltimore and Maryland. Hundreds of detainees in the
city are released every year after being arrested without being charged.
picks its next mayor. Almost exactly one year after Baltimore broke out in rioting, voters had to decide who
the city's Democratic nominee for mayor will be. Considering the overwhelming advantage Democrats possess in Baltimore,
this decision is tantamount to electing a mayor.
Baltimore, a battered city seeks a new mayor who can heal its wounds. The winner of Tuesday's [4/26/2016] Democratic
primary, almost certain to be elected mayor come November in overwhelmingly Democratic Baltimore, will take office with
police and black residents still wary of each other. The city is braced for the trials of the six officers charged in
Gray's death and still struggling to slow its soaring homicide rate — 344 killings in 2015 and a 16 percent
jump so far this year over last year. More than 16,000 houses sit vacant, and public schools rank at or near the
bottom of many state measures.
Year After: Freddie Gray And 'Structural Statism'. When Freddie Gray was born in 1989, Baltimore hosted 787,000
residents and 445,000 jobs. By the time his fatal injuries in police custody provoked riots last April, the city's population
had fallen by one fifth, to 623,000, and its job base had shrunk by one quarter, to 334,000. Little wonder that throughout his
life, Mr. Gray had never been legally employed. Nevertheless, friends and family considered him "a good provider," according
to The Baltimore Sun. This was because he worked in the drug trade, which filled his city's economic vacuum.
Lives Matter gave him fame, but Baltimore isn't biting. DeRay Mckesson, the Black Lives Matter activist turned
mayoral candidate, is door-knocking on the streets of Charles Village.
Court of Appeals delays officer's trial in Freddie Gray case. Maryland's highest court has agreed [2/18/2016] to take up a key issue in the
trials for the Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, postponing trial proceedings until it can make a ruling.
won't force officer to testify in Freddie Gray trials. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams [on Wednesday 1/20//2016] refused
the state's motion to force William Porter to testify against Edward Nero, Garrett Miller and Lt. Brian Rice, who were the officers who
initially arrested and detained Gray last April. It was not until this month that prosecutors indicated that they wanted Porter
to testify against the three officers. Previously, they identified him as a material witness only in the trials of two other
officers, Caesar Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White.
Gray Update: William Porter Jury Was One Vote From Manslaughter Acquittal, Report Says. The jury in the trial
for William Porter, the Baltimore police officer who was charged in the death of Freddie Gray, almost acquitted him of the
most serious charge against him, manslaughter, with the jury split 11-1 in favor of acquittal, the Baltimore Sun reported
Friday [1/15/2016]. The jury could not come to a consensus on the charges last month, leading Judge Barry Williams to
declare a mistrial. On the three other charges against Porter, the split was not as close, sources familiar with the
votes told the Sun. The jury was split 8-2 in favor of acquitting Porter of second-degree assault with two
Appeals Court Steps In, Postpones Trial of Officer Goodson. The Maryland Appeals Court has stepped in to halt
the trial against Officer Caesar Goodson on the day jury selection was scheduled to begin. In an earlier appellate court
ruling the forced testimony of accused police officer William Porter was blocked. The State's cases are falling apart due
to inept legal application and ideological motives to prosecute.
Out of (gun) control.
As noted by many other commentators, American states and cities with the most restrictive laws are also places with some of
the highest levels of crimes involving firearms. A side note: these jurisdictions are run by Democratic politicians,
though the major media rarely note the connection. And the police, who feel under constant attack, have pulled back in
some cities, like Baltimore, contributing to the upsurge in gun crimes by thugs who don't think they will be caught.
It's Like to Live in the Baltimore Basket Case. In the most flagrant violation of our most foundational principles
on the rule of law, the first officer, William Porter, was put on trial in December to please the local mob in its very own
jurisdiction. If there ever was a case to be made that a trial be moved to a different jurisdiction for concern of both
partiality and intimidation of the jury, this is the case. Yet, the defendants were repeatedly denied that request.
Throughput [sic] the trial, officer Porter was treated as presumed guilty unless he could prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was
innocent and could demonstrate that he didn't know the predicament of Gray during the van ride. Appallingly, at least some
members of the jury wanted to convict him, resulting in a hung jury. Amazingly, the judge decided to retry Porter, even though
we are going on nine months since the indictment. These cops are being treated differently than anyone else simply because
they are cops in Baltimore City amidst a media circus exacerbated by Obama's Justice Department because the victim was black.
Judge Guts the 5th Amendment. [Officer William G.] Porter was the first officer brought to trial in the Gray case, presumably
because the prosecution believed the case against him to be the strongest. In fact, at trial the case against Porter was shown to be
gossamer thin, with the State unable to prove exactly when or how Gray suffered his fatal injury, the defense demonstrating that the medical
examiner's office changed its initial conclusion that the injury was accidental under political pressure, and an absence of evidence that Porter
ever did anything to harm Gray. The greatest surprise in Porter's trial was that despite the dearth of evidence that he committed any crime,
that at least one juror voted to convict him. The mistrial in Porter's case was disastrous for the prosecution, since they counted on him to
provide testimony against his fellow officers either having been convicted or acquitted. The prosecution could have obviated that problem by
choosing not to retry Porter, but having promised mob justice to Baltimore's rioters, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby decided to press on.
Porter asks appeals court to block order compelling him to testify in Goodson case. Officer William G. Porter asked Maryland's
second-highest court Thursday [1/7/2016] to block a judge's ruling that he must testify for the state in the coming trial of a fellow police
officer in the death of Freddie Gray. Gary Proctor, one of Porter's attorneys, delivered the motion seeking an injunction to the Court of
Special Appeals in Annapolis on Thursday. Defense attorneys contend that the limited immunity granted Porter by Baltimore Circuit Judge
Barry G. Williams does not protect him from facing new charges.
Baltimore judge orders officer to testify in second Gray death
trial. A Maryland judge on Wednesday [1/6/2016] ordered a Baltimore police officer to testify against other officers charged in the death
of detainee Freddie Gray. A lawyer for the officer, William Porter, said he would seek an appeals court injunction to block Porter from testifying
against Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. and Sergeant Alicia White.
to Baltimore on breaking their all time murder record. It's been a banner year in Charm City... provided you happen to own a
funeral home. Just as we are being assured that crime is coming under control (which it is in many areas outside of the inner cities)
the citizens of Baltimore report that they've broken the all time per capita murder record for a single year. And the telling part of
the statistic is that they managed the feat almost entirely after the Freddie Gray riots.
Mob Violence: Easier to Find, Harder to Believe. In December, the BBC wanted to know why "so many young African-American men [were]
being gunned down by the state." So naturally, it asked the white conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop. [...] It's
really just a listening problem, Alsop explained to the Sun. Black people had to resort to violence because white people were just not paying
attention. Alsop's comments echoed Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who last year said black rioters needed "space to destroy."
The next day she said she had not said it. Then she said she did not mean it. Then she said she did not want to talk about it
anymore with white racists who were just trying to make her look bad.
document says Freddie Gray complained of back problem months before his injury. Attorneys for Caesar Goodson,
one of six officers facing criminal charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray, filed two internal police documents that
claim Gray complained of a back injury to police officers more than a month before his death in the back of a police van and
he had a history of hurting himself while in custody.
Riot ideology: Results through
coercion. Since 1968, Baltimore has proved remarkably adept at procuring state and federal funds, but never really recovered
from the riots. And the lawlessness never fully subsided. What began as a grand bargain to avert further racial violence after
1968 descended over the decades into a series of squalid shakedowns. Antipoverty programs that had once promised to repair social and
family breakdown became by the 1990s self-justifying and self-perpetuating. In the wake of the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and
the 2015 West Baltimore riots, a new riot ideology has taken hold, one similarly intoxicated with violence and willing to excuse it, but with
a different goal. [...] The West Baltimore rioters of 2015 didn't call for more LBJ-style antipoverty projects, but for less policing.
retrial scheduled for June 13; Goodson's trial unchanged, to begin Jan. 6. Officer William G. Porter will not
be retried until June for his alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray, likely creating a problem for prosecutors who had hoped
to call him as a witness at the coming trial of another officer charged in the case. With charges still hanging over his head
after a mistrial last week, legal experts say, Porter would be expected to assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination
if called as a witness against Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., who will be tried next month.
New trial for Baltimore officer in Freddie Gray death
set for June. A Baltimore police officer will face retrial on a manslaughter charge over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray
starting on June 13, a Maryland judge ruled on Monday [12/21/2015], after the officer's first trial ended in a deadlocked jury.
the Freddie Gray trials been essentially derailed? This week, the first trial against Officer William Porter (who faced
some of the lightest charges) ended in a mistrial. The jury had come back to the judge several times with questions, requests
for witness transcripts and complaints that they couldn't come to a resolution, but had been sent back to work by the judge.
In the end, though, they couldn't reach a consensus and a mistrial was declared. So what happens next? Nobody seems
to be entirely sure.
Gray Mistrial Changes Everything In Officers' Next Five Trials. The judge declared a mistrial Wednesday
[12/16/2015] in the trial for Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, 26, after the jury could not reach a unanimous
decision. Now, the prosecution must decide whether to retry the case, but the mistrial puts the prosecution in a bind.
The prosecution planned to use Porter, after he was convicted, to testify against the other officers. As of now, all the officers
are pleading the fifth amendment, but a convicted officer could be pressured to testify. Since Porter, who is black, is not
convicted and still could be retried, he can't legally be required to testify and will likely continue to plead the fifth.
in Baltimore. The chilling thing about the hung jury that resulted in a mistrial for Officer William G. Porter,
the first Baltimore cop to stand trial on charges arising out of the death of Freddie Gray, is that it was a hung jury. This
was a prosecution that should never have been brought, based on such a stark lack of evidence that there was not even probable
cause to make an arrest, much less proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict a man presumed innocent. The jury should have
acquitted Officer Porter in record time. Indeed, the case should never have gone to jury deliberations because the trial
judge should have dismissed it when the state rested without proving any crimes.
on the mistrial of Officer Porter. Judge Barry Williams declared a mistrial today in the case of Baltimore Police Officer
William G. Porter who is charged with multiple crimes in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. The jury deliberated for
more than 16 hours but could not reach a decision on any of the four crimes alleged by the prosecution. We don't know how the
jury divided, but boy would we like to. Porter isn't out of the woods. The prosecutor can retry him and may well decide to.
declared in trial of Officer William Porter in death of Freddie Gray. A mistrial was declared Wednesday [12/16/2015] in the trial of
Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter, after jurors told a judge they could not reach a verdict on any of the four charges against him.
"I do declare a mistrial," Judge Barry G. Williams announced in a downtown courtroom. Porter, 26, was charged with involuntary manslaughter,
second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He is the first of six city police officers to stand trial in the death of
Mosby, Baltimore's Hero Prosecutor, Is Blowing the Freddie Gray Case. The hero of Baltimore has a big zero on
her hands. Marilyn Mosby, state's attorney for Baltimore, could not get a jury to convict police officer William Porter
in the death of Freddie Gray. After several days of jury deadlock, a judge declared a mistrial Wednesday [12/16/2015].
Now it will be up to Mosby to try her luck again with Porter, or press on with the cases against five other officers.
It's a huge setback for Mosby's reputation months after thousands of people demonstrated and rioted in the streets and she stood on
the steps of a courthouse promising to put away these cops. Instead, she put on a lackluster case that included, among others
issues, withholding a key piece of evidence from the defense.
deliberation begins in case against Baltimore officer accused of involuntary manslaughter. On Monday morning
[12/14/2015], prosecutor Janice Bledsoe borrowed a quote from a famous French writer and a Hollywood blockbuster to conclude
her closing argument in the state's case against William G. Porter, the first Baltimore police officer being tried in Freddie
Gray's death. "With great power comes great responsibility," Bledsoe told the court. "Voltaire said that —
and Spider-Man." She told the jury — which would soon deliberate for nearly three hours before electing to
continue Tuesday morning — that Porter had the power to save Gray at least four times but didn't.
Baltimore Schools Are More Afraid of Students Than Its Police
Force. As Baltimore awaits a verdict in the trial of William Porter, the first officer tried in the death of Freddie Gray, city leaders seem
particularly afraid of one group of its residents: its students. At least, that's what many are concluding after a letter to parents from the
city's school chief was made public on Monday [12/14/2015]. Dr. Gregory Thornton, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO wrote the letter to warn families
that no violence will be tolerated in the wake of the verdict, which could come down this week. But Thornton seems to have an especially broad
definition of what actually constitutes violence. "Students need to understand that we support their right to express their emotions, and that we
will facilitate opportunities for them to do so appropriately," the CEO wrote. "However, we need to make it clear that student walkouts, vandalism,
civil disorder, and any form of violence are not acceptable under any circumstances."
Gray judge prosecuted police misconduct cases for DOJ. Officer William G. Porter, 26, faces charges of
manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment because he allegedly did not get medical
help for Gray when he complained of injuries after his arrest. None of the 75 potential jurors in the first batch
questioned by Judge Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams answered affirmatively when asked if they were unfamiliar with this case.
Each one also indicated awareness of the $6.4 million civil settlement the city paid to Gray's family, as well as the curfew imposed
after Gray's death.
officers in Freddie Gray case get an impartial jury? From the day news got out that Freddie Gray had died, the
purported goal of everyone involved — from Gray's family to city officials, to the news media, to the people of
Baltimore — was to determine what happened to the 25-year-old man from the West Side. But the truth has been difficult
to pin down, and now answers to those questions will be in the hands of a 12-person jury to be selected beginning Monday [11/30/2015].
The Race To Riot On College Campuses. The
president and chancellor at the University of Missouri abruptly resigned when a group of mostly black students protested that they had not said
or done enough in response to racial slights on campus. We're hearing students speak of the need for "safe zones" and against "microaggression,"
a term with which I have only recently become familiar. Several points about all of this. First, the leadership at the University of
Missouri didn't lead at all. They cut and ran. To put a twist on a cliche, it isn't about the inmates taking over the asylum; rather
it is about the children taking over the daycare center.
Wreckage of Baltimore after the Freddie Gray Cameras Went Away. In the same week that the Paris attacks took
place there was a class action suit brought by residents from Baltimore's public housing units claiming that repairmen in the
towers had demanded sex from female residents in exchange for keeping the lights on and the water running. [...] The media
treated the Baltimore riots as the latest chew toy on the Social Justice Warrior front. Reporters spoke in apocalyptic
terms about evil police, beleaguered citizens of color and the failure of the American melting pot in the face of systemic white
oppression. The reality, as this short vignette of current events demonstrates, is that Baltimore has been suffering from
far deeper problems which date back well into the middle of the 20th century.
records 300th homicide of the year. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said in a statement Saturday evening
[11/14/2015] that it was a "sad homicide milestone."
the liberal wing of the Democrats finally pushed the party too far? [W]hen the "protesters" get out of hand and
go after the cops, national support for the movement plummets. Only 25% of respondents in a [recent] poll felt that the
riots in Baltimore "were sparked by legitimate grievances" while a very solid majority described them as criminal
actions. It's possible that the Democrats' candidates have spent too much time watching the skewed views of reporters
on MSNBC and CNN and came away thinking that theirs was some sort of national consensus view while nearly the exact opposite
was the case.
The hero mom of Baltimore dropped
off the radar quickly. Remember the "Hero Mom of Baltimore" who smacked down her son on the evening news and dragged him out of the
Baltimore Riots? It's been six months since all of that madness unfolded and the Washington Post got to wondering what ever happened to the lady.
Taking Back the Neighborhood. Ferguson and Baltimore are
perfect examples of the anarchy that results from allowing that kind of behavior to continue unchecked. It is difficult enough to
deal with one person like that, but when you have hundreds gathered together that are beyond the reach of reason, your cities are on the
road to hell. Chicago has been on that road for quite a while and I know who to blame. When you listen to the mayors of these
cities, you soon learn it isn't just their criminals that are beyond the reach of reason.
Director Ties Spike In Urban Crime To Cops' Fear Of Doing Their Jobs. FBI director James Comey lent credence to
a controversial theory Friday [10/23/2015] when he said during a speech in Chicago that violent crime has spiked in many big U.S.
cities this year because police officers are worried that performing their policing duties puts them at risk of being accused of
a crime themselves. "I don't know whether that explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the
explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year," Comey said at a forum held
at the University of Chicago Law School, according to news reports.
hero James Comey now the enemy for telling the truth about cops. When James Comey threatened to quit the Bush
administration over a wiretapping dispute, he was an instant liberal hero. [...] But now that Comey is resisting Obama's
party-line claims about police brutality and mass incarceration, the White House is furious with him. Its chief propaganda
arm, The New York Times editorial page, is harshly denouncing the man it praised for resisting Bush. Same Comey, same
streak of independence, but now he's goring the wrong ox. Thou shalt not contradict Dear Leader!
occupy Baltimore City Hall; oppose commissioner. Young, black residents of Baltimore hoped a public act of
civil disobedience in the heart of local government would force their troubled city to deal with the decades-old problems of
police misconduct, housing inequality and systemic disenfranchisement.
The lid is coming off in
Baltimore. Thank goodness the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Browns in Cleveland on Nov. 30, the day the first of six
police officers goes on trial in the death of Freddie Gray. Charm City doesn't need to repeat what happened with the Orioles, who had to
lock themselves in and shut the public out of a game because violence and mayhem had erupted. There's no word yet on what the street
plan is for pretrial weekend, by which time even some generally peace-abiding Baltimoreans will be fed up with Thanksgiving leftovers and
out-of-school kids, while the media gear up for their obligations, which will include rehashing ugly events that began the day Gray was
buried (April 27) and preparing for the opening salvos of the much-anticipated trials.
Disband Sit-In At Baltimore City Hall, At Least 16 Arrests Made. WJZ continues to follow developments in a nearly
ten-hour protest at City Hall. Several of the 16 arrested remain in jail. The commissioner is defending his department's actions.
officers' statements ruled admissible in Freddie Gray case; three others withdraw efforts to block statements.
A Baltimore judge ruled Tuesday [10/13/2015] that statements made by two of the six police officers charged in Freddie Gray's
arrest and death are admissible as evidence in their own trials and possibly in the trials of their peers. Judge Barry
Williams denied motions by attorneys for Sgt. Alicia D. White and Officer William G. Porter to suppress statements they
made to police investigators in the aftermath of Gray's arrest in April. The officers had argued that the statements were
Gray case: Judge will allow two officers' statements as evidence. A judge ruled Tuesday [10/13/2015] that the
statements of at least two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray can be included as evidence at trial, a victory for
prosecutors who can use the accounts to show jurors how Gray was treated by police. Circuit Court Judge Barry G.
Williams on Tuesday also barred attorneys from discussing the case with anyone except their clients and legal team.
Baltimore: No end seen to post-Freddie Gray spike in homicides, shootings. Baltimore's bloody summer ended with
a barrage of bangs, as the rate of homicides and gun crimes continued to spike in the wake of the racially charged case of
Freddie Gray, whose death in police custody left citizens angry and cops demoralized. For September, homicides were up
39 percent and non-fatal shootings nearly doubled over the same month in 2014, continuing a disturbing trend that has
gripped the Charm City since Gray's death in April and the rioting that followed. For the year, murders are up
52 percent and non-fatal shootings 80 percent over last year.
a suspect is charged over arson during Baltimore riots. [Scroll down] [S]ome of us were wondering if there might
not be time to check out the people who were doing the actual "protesting" in the form of destroying the city. Would any charges
ever arise from that? I'd sort of given up on seeing any action on that front. I mean, how rude would it be to distract
from the important Social Justice Warriors message by arresting somebody just for tossing a few Molotov cocktails? But my
decidedly low expectations were confounded this week when the police actually made an arrest.
officer said Freddie Gray asked for help. As Freddie Gray was being transported in a police van through West
Baltimore, at least one officer warned that Gray needed medical care but wondered, along with others, whether he was faking
injuries or being uncooperative, according to investigators who reviewed the officers' statements during a departmental
probe. Those statements — which have never been publicly revealed — help to explain why a judge
has ordered separate trials for six officers charged in the incident.
incredibly corrupt settlement of the Freddie Gray case. Baltimore City approved a $6.4-million liability
settlement for the family of Freddie Gray, a young West Baltimore drug dealer who died on the way to jail after police
arrested him last April. [...] Maryland, like many states, has limits on liability in cases when municipalities are involved,
and for pain and suffering in general. In Gray's case, the liability limits for Baltimore City are usually capped at
$400,000, for claims by the estate for the expenses and suffering of the decedent, and also for the pain and suffering of
survivors, such as dependents or parents. The city can ask for a waiver of such liability limits (which it evidently did in
Gray's case) for egregious situations where the damages far exceed the liability limits. But such situations envision cases
of unquestioned liability, combined with shocking damages, such as a young person injured and subject to a long life of medical
dependency and physical and mental suffering, conditions that don't pertain at all in Gray's case.
Six" To Have Trial in Baltimore — Activist Judge Rules Against Change of Venue. Activist Judge Barry
Williams gave activist Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby a big assist [9/10/2015] in her goal to convict six Baltimore police
officers. Williams ruled against a venue change motion while saying there's no evidence they will be unable to
seat an impartial jury.
who led Freddie Gray marches arrested for blocking traffic. A Baltimore pastor who led many of the marches
against police brutality after the death of Freddie Gray was arrested Wednesday night [9/9/2015], a week after he stood
in the way of traffic during a downtown march, police said. Pastor Westley West, 27, of Faith Empowered Ministries,
was charged with attempting to incite a riot, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the
peace, false imprisonment, and failure to obey, police said.
Freddie Gray's family settles with city for
$6.4M. The parents of Freddie Gray reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement [9/7/2015] with the city of Baltimore,
nearly five months after their 25-year-old son was critically injured in police custody, sparking days of protests and rioting.
Details of Pay Out. Keep in mind: [#1] no wrongdoing has ever been found; [#2] Marilyn Mosby's private
attorney is the same attorney as Freddie Gray's family; [#3] The Gray family never filed a lawsuit, so this is not a
"settlement" per se'; [#4] The possibility of any police wrongful conduct being found during trial is quite probably
nil; [#5] The maximum payout under Maryland state law, if lawsuit filed — and if police misconduct could be
identified, would have been $400k.
Rejects Effort to Try Officers Together in Freddie Gray Death. The six Baltimore police officers charged in
connection with Freddie Gray's death can have separate trials, a judge ruled today [9/2/2015]. Deputy State's Attorney
Janice Bledsoe had argued at the pre-trial hearing today at Baltimore City Circuit Court that three of the officers should be
tried together, saying they exhibited "degrees of the same breach of care."
is the judge in the Freddie Gray hearing? Barry Glenn Williams has been an Associate Judge with the Baltimore
City Circuit Court since December 2005. On Wednesday [9/2/2015], he'll become a bit more of a household name. Judge
Williams will preside over Wednesday's hearings in the Freddie Gray case. He's anticipated to hear motions to dismiss the
case for prosecutorial misconduct, recuse Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and other prosecutors, and determine whether
six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray's death will be tried together or individually.
1st Freddie Gray
Hearing Since 6 Officers Charged in Death. A Baltimore judge on Wednesday [9/2/2015] refused to dismiss charges
against six police officers in connection with the death of a black man from injuries he suffered while in custody.
denies motions to dismiss charges against Baltimore officers, recuse Marilyn Mosby. A judge on Wednesday
[9/2/2015] ordered that six Baltimore Police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray be tried separately.
The ruling was one of three that Judge Barry Williams handed down during the first pre-trial motions hearing in the case.
Williams earlier denied defense motions to dismiss charges against the officers and to recuse State's Attorney Marilyn J.
Mosby's office from the case. Prosecutors argued to have the six officers tried in groups, while defense attorneys had
argued their clients should be tried separately.
judge: Charges against police in Gray case can go forward. A judge on Wednesday [9/2/2015] rejected defense motions
to drop charges against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, clearing
the way for scheduled trial next month.
wanted: Police departments struggle with recruiting. Philadelphia is one of several big cities struggling to
find recruits; the police department is about 200 officers short. "Right now policing is not the most attractive occupation
that they could probably get into," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Ramsey says relatively low pay and
tougher application requirements, combined with high profile police incidents from Cincinnati to Baltimore to Ferguson, are having a
Media, Black Leaders Sit Idly By as #BlackLivesMatter Rhetoric Grows Dangerous. It's obvious we're heading into
dangerous territory now. The race wars that the likes of Dylan Roof and Vester Lee Flanagan are looking to ignite are only
fueled by words and chants like this that go largely ignored. Reasonable heads need to prevail here before we have another
Baltimore, another Ferguson, or something much worse, something like a wildfire that can't be controlled. Major media
ignores a movement that openly chants for the death of police officers: How isn't this a story worth a three-minute package
on? And before you say that group in Minnesota is just a rogue chapter, an aberration, ask yourself this: If that's
the case, why hasn't BLM leadership spoken out against such rhetoric yet? Because they don't necessarily disagree with
the message, that's why.
Skin Privilege: The Media's Love of Black Racism & Violence. The media barely raised an eyebrow when Baltimore
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a black Democrat, welcomed criminal gangs and radical groups into city government.
Rawlings-Blake received hardly any media coverage earlier this year when she allied herself with race rioters. She's
the one who proudly boasted that she protected the First Amendment right to protest by providing space to those who "wished
to destroy" local businesses.
of Stolen Black Dreams. Black unemployment, particularly under Obama, is extremely high. While many blacks have
achieved their American dream, many have not. That is not white America's fault. Behavioral issues are laying waste to the
black community. Over 70% fatherless households and 70% school dropouts leads to gangs, drugs, blacks murdering blacks and
incarceration; all resulting in poverty. So what is Obama's solution to fixing these problems plaguing blacks? He lets
drug dealers who prey on urban youths out of jail, claiming their crime is non-violent. He has his DOJ bully police across
America to back off urban thugs. Obama minion Baltimore mayor said, "Let them loot. It's only property." Violent
crime is up big-time in Chicago, New York and Baltimore.
These Black Lives Don't
Matter to Black Lives Matter. [Scroll down] But because Black Lives Matters and other demagogues insist that
it is solely about race, the majority of diligent police officers in Baltimore have had their hands tied by State's Attorney Marilyn
Mosby. If they are put into the position where deadly force is warranted there is a reasonable fear that Mosby will see fit
to prosecute them. So Baltimore PD refrains from intervening and, voila, murder is on the rise and nearly all of those who
die are African Americans.
Baltimore State's Attorney Blames Marilyn Mosby For Violent Crime Spike. A veteran Baltimore prosecutor is
blaming state's attorney Marilyn Mosby for contributing to the dramatic spike in violent crime that has gripped the city in
the aftermath of the Freddie Gray case. In a scathing op-ed for The Baltimore Sun, Roya Hanna, who left the state's
attorney's office in April, says that Mosby's actions during her short time in office have contributed to the more than
200 murders that the city has seen so far this year. In the past several years, Baltimore hasn't reached that
level of murders until November.
Prosecutor Stopped Investigator From Exposing Freddie Gray "Crash for Cash" Schemes.
Most readers here are familiar with the set-up; Marilyn Mosby and Angela Corey followed the same
plan. Unfortunately most of those who rely on the MSM will be unaware the extent of the prosecutor railroading.
says prosecutor steered police away from evidence Freddie Gray had history of 'crash for cash' schemes. The
police detectives who investigated the death of Freddie Gray were told that he had a history of participating in "crash-for-cash"
schemes — injuring himself in law enforcement settings to collect settlements — but were advised by a state
prosecutor not to pursue the information, according to defense attorneys for the six officers charged in Gray's arrest and death.
firm that screens Baltimore cops under review. A psychology firm under investigation
for alleged contract violations involving Baltimore police officers' assessments for mental
stability will not get more referrals from the city during the probe, the mayor said Friday [8/7/2015].
Lynch Embeds Federal Agents In Baltimore To Help Control Embarrassment of Growing Crisis. The
transparency of motive is brutally obvious. As Baltimore suffers the worst explosion of gun/homicide
violence in 40 years, the race-based professional apologists have to move quickly to avoid the
consequences from their own insufferable policy/agenda failures.
Feds answer Baltimore's
SOS on violence. Baltimore is turning to the federal government for help in stemming a
dramatic uptick in violence over the last several months. Ten federal agents from the Federal
Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration; the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Marshals Service will embed with the police
department's homicide unit for the next 60 days, city leaders announced Monday [8/3/2015].
Lynch Embeds Federal Agents In Baltimore To Help Control Embarrassment of Growing Crisis. The
transparency of motive is brutally obvious. As Baltimore suffers the worst explosion of gun/homicide
violence in 40 years, the race-based professional apologists have to move quickly to avoid the
consequences from their own insufferable policy/agenda failures.
best mayor evah presides over homicide rate not seen in nearly half a century. 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.
show how Baltimore devolved into chaos. Some unrest occurred during the White House Correspondents
Dinner on April 25. As Freddie Gray was laid to rest two days later, the unrest was reignited with an
intensity that left the city completely unprepared to deal with the rioters who seemed to have outmaneuvered the
Baltimore Police Department. As the security situation continued to deteriorate, Gov. Larry Hogan declared
a state of emergency, deploying the National Guard in order to restore order. The Baltimore Sun obtained
over 7,000 emails from city officials during the unrest showing how things devolved into chaos: [...]
'disgusted' FEMA won't declare Baltimore riots an emergency. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
said Thursday that he was "very angry and frustrated" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
decision to deny Maryland federal aid to help cover the cost of the Baltimore riots in April.
"The decision by the Obama administration to say, 'We don't consider it an emergency'? It was just
wrong," Hogan (R) said, when asked about the issue during a news conference in Baltimore.
Prosecutors Hid Evidence Freddie Gray Tried To Injure Himself During Prior Arrests.
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby previously stated she was going to pursue justice for Freddie
Gray "by any and all means necessary". Today [7/30/2015], in a motion filed by the defense, the extent of
Mosby's activist intention is again reinforced. In addition to hiding "Brady evidence", there is a meeting
between Mosby and the medical examiner (prior to the autopsy release — and undisclosed by Mosby) which
indicates previous elements of her pressuring the ME to change the cause of death from "accidental" to "homicide".
killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years. Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday [7/31/2015], 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.
Baltimore Riots Maryland MCAC Intel Hub and Homeland Security Were Tracking Malik Shabazz. Part
of the 7,000 emails released to the Baltimore Sun reveals the MCAC Data Hub and DHS tracking former Black
Panther leader Malik Shabazz during the Baltimore riots. The MCAC Hub previously came to our attention
two years ago when we discovered Maryland using DHS databases to collected license plate information (via
ALPR) and cross references to national firearm purchases via contracted data mining of various state concealed
carry permit libraries.
wake of riots and crime spike, Baltimore mayor under fire. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake climbed onto the deck of an abandoned row house in Tuesday's sweltering summer heat
and promised that "better is coming" as she promoted the restoration of a blighted block not far
from where riots broke out earlier this year.
Mosby's Request To Hide Evidence (Protective Order) Denied By Baltimore Judge. Yet
again, Marilyn Mosby fails to make a legal and intellectual argument that has merit. The judge
swatted this "protective order" down rather brutally. Apparently Mosby is unaware of the difference
between "probative" and "prejudicial".
in Freddie Gray case: We gave statements under duress. Three of the Baltimore police
officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray gave initial statements under duress because they were
afraid of being fired, their attorneys argued in motions filed this week.
and America's Third World. Just 20 percent of tenth-graders in Alabama's Mobile County
are proficient in math. In Holmes County, Mississippi — home to the lowest life
expectancy in the United States earlier this decade and a center of extreme poverty — a
meager 28 percent of 8th graders are proficient in language arts. In McDowell County, the poorest
in West Virginia, only a quarter of high school students can claim reading proficiency according to the
latest available test results. Urban areas with the means to invest heavily in the status quo
haven't seen results, either. Despite spending among the largest sums in the nation on a per-pupil
basis, roughly $18,000 per student, Baltimore's schools achieve an 8th grade reading proficiency rate of
16 percent. On the most recent Maryland school standardized tests, only 29 percent of
Baltimore city 8th grade students passed the math portion. These are pitiful results.
Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's LEO Family Background Shows History of Drug Use, Terminations and
Deception. Oh boy, it looks like Marilyn "By-Any-Means-Necessary" Mosby has some
serious issues in the background of her family and their life of crime while carrying badges.
Baltimore anti-violence group work suspended after guns, drugs found in raid. City
officials have suspended operations of the Safe Streets anti-violence program in East Baltimore
after police officers found seven guns and drugs stashed inside the Monument Street office. [...]
Police said this week's investigation began when they were called about 2:26 a.m. Monday [7/13/2015]
to the intersection of Hillen and Forrest streets, just south of East Monument Street, where a man
said he was just robbed at gunpoint by two men in a gray SUV. Soon after, an officer spotted the
vehicle parked in the 2300 block of E. Monument and saw men dart inside the Safe Streets office.
When officers eventually raided the office, they found guns, heroin, cocaine, and other items used in the
manufacturing and sale of drugs, including cutting agents and scales, police said.
shooting crime rate. Baltimore's mayor is all wet, and not only because a woman poured
water on her at a town hall. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake blames the cops for the spike in murders
in her city. Uncaring cops, her argument goes, prey on the underclass, particularly young black men
like Freddie Gray in Baltimore and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Weak firearms restrictions are
blamed for the gunplay that litters the streets with casualties. It's the usual left-wing game that
puts the blame for urban dystopia everywhere but where it belongs, on people behaving badly. The
results speak for themselves.
Mosby's police officer family members used cocaine, fired from force. Mosby's mother,
Linda Thompson, had nine disciplinary actions against her in her 20 years on the force. The
Boston Police Department turned over a document that shows she violated the "substance abuse policy"
in 2006. A source familiar with the incident said that Thompson tested positive for cocaine. [...]
Boston Police Internal Affairs launched an investigation in 1990 into various charges, which a police
source told us indicated she lost her police gun. After a hearing, Linda was suspended in
1993 for it. Mosby's father, Alan James, was fired from the Boston Police Department in 1991 on
the same day he was acquitted by a jury for assault and robbery. According to an article in the
Boston Globe at the time, the police commissioner fired him for "conduct unbecoming an officer."
Preston Thompson, who is Linda Thompson's brother and Mosby's uncle, was fired in 2001 for using cocaine.
Defense Attorneys Find Evidence of "Judge Shopping". The ongoing mountain of evidence
continues to accumulate that Baltimore Prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, intentionally manipulated the
Freddie Gray investigation to construct a false case against the Baltimore Six officers. Two
significant issues. #1) Mosby was denied a search warrant, and then her office went shopping
for a Judge who would approve one, a legal no-no. #2) The affidavit for the Search Warrant
itself reflects the police merely detained Gray, until they discovered and illegal knife in his
pocket — then he was placed under arrest.
Arrested For Assault After Pouring Water On Baltimore Mayor's Head. A woman was charged with second degree
assault after she dumped water on the head of Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Saturday [7/11/2015].
Rawlings-Blake was attending an outdoor event at Mondawmin Mall, the site of heavy looting on April 27, the day
that 25-year-old Freddie Gray's funeral was held.
arrested for dumping water on Baltimore mayor, report says. A Baltimore woman was
reportedly arrested Saturday morning [7/11/2015] for throwing water on city Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as
she greeted residents at an event. Lacheisa Pailin-Sheffer, 37, is accused of running up to
Rawlings-Blake and pouring a large cup of liquid of the mayor's head, according to the Baltimore
Sun. The mayor's aides rushed to dry her off, while the protection united grabbed Pailin-Sheffer
and arrested her. Pailin-Sheffer was charged with second-degree assault, police said.
march against violence in Baltimore. Hundreds of people marched through the streets of
Baltimore Friday night [7/10/2015] calling for an end to the violence that has plagued the city in recent
months. Those who marched are the dedicated foot soldiers of Baltimore's constant war on violence.
Friday night [7/10/2015] marked the third annual 300 Men March, a shoulder-to-shoulder showing of Baltimore
unity against what has plagued the city for years.
No one wants to live in
Baltimore. The recent unrest in Baltimore, including riots and overall awful political leadership, is
being attributed to lagging home sales in Baltimore City, according to local real estate agents. For the second
consecutive month, home sales in metro Baltimore have outpaced sales in Baltimore City, an uncommon circumstance.
leader says Baltimore mayor told him not to host Republicans. Hassan Giordano, a leader of a Baltimore branch
of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said he was told that hosting Republican outreach
in his office is off limits. Mr. Giordano, who calls himself "not the average conservative" because of his Muslim faith
and criminal record, told The Daily Caller of irate phone calls he received for trying to work with Republicans.
City Councilman Nick Mosby About Police Riot Response: "folks want answers". Inside a
Baltimore Sun article discussing reactions to the firing of Police Chief Anthony Batts, Councilman
Nick Mosby, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby's husband, gives his opinion about the police
union's post-riot "After Action Report".
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts fired. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has fired Police Commissioner
Anthony Batts, the mayor's office said on Wednesday [7/8/2015].
mayor announces Anthony Batts is out as police commissioner. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake has fired Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. Effective immediately, Deputy
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis becomes interim commissioner. Davis is a veteran law enforcement
official who joined the city department in January after serving as Anne Arundel County police
chief, a position he resigned from in Nov. 2014.
guy hired to replace Anthony Batts did some pretty bad stuff at his last job. The ink isn't even dry on Kevin Davis'
contract as the interim police commissioner of Baltimore, and it turns out he was no choir boy at his last posting as a
detective at the Anne Arundel County police department. According to a report from the Baltimore City Paper, Davis and other
members of his department illegally detained an individual, resulting in a $90,000 settlement paid to the detained man.
Mayor Fires Police Chief After Sharp Rise In Violence. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
thanked Police Commissioner Anthony Batts for his service — and praised the job he had
done — but said growing criticism of his leadership had become a "distraction" that was
preventing the city from moving ahead.
Through Year — Baltimore Stands At 144 Homicides, Up 48 Percent Over Last Year. Mayor
Rawlings-Blake says the current level of slaughter is "disheartening". Last month, Rawlings-Blake said city
police officers need to do their jobs or face internal discipline.
Police Union Forces City Leadership To Admit They Gave "Stand-Down Orders" During Riots. The
Baltimore Police Union is demanding public records of radio transmissions and email notifications to prove
the leadership in the Baltimore Police Department, specifically Police Chief Batts, told officers NOT to
stop the riots and looting. Facing the probability the police union is going to succeed in their
endeavor to put sunlight upon the truth the Mayor, Police Chief Batts and his leadership team are now
having to admit they did tell the officers to 'stand down'.
Mayor Announces Review of Confederate Statues. A new commission in Baltimore will soon
review Baltimore's Confederate statues as a nationwide debate continues following the recent
shooting that killed nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina. Baltimore Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced on Tuesday the special commission will make recommendations for
each of the Confederate-era monuments and other historical assets. Their suggestions might
include, preservation, new signage, relocation or removal.
the line' commands protected lives during riot, police say. Baltimore police commanders acknowledge that
they ordered officers not to engage rioters multiple times on the day of Freddie Gray's funeral but said they did so
to protect officers and citizens as they prioritized life over property. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun,
police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and six top commanders who directed deployments on April 27 denied that
they gave blanket orders to do nothing as rioters looted, raided businesses and even attacked officers with impunity.
Evidence Includes Transport Van Witness Donta Allen "On Video". Oh, how we've seen
this entire story play out before. Donta Allen 2015, is Rachel Jeantel 2013!! A prosecution witness
that actually deconstructs the prosecution. Now we know why Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby
wants to block public awareness of the evidence. According to Megyn Kelly part of the "Brady
evidence" turned over by prosecutors to the defense team in Baltimore includes video of van
passenger Donta Allen giving his statement to "investigators".
Wants "Baltimore Six" Divided Into Two Trials — While Keeping the Venue In Baltimore.
Curiously Mosby is trying to get the two misdemeanor defendants (bicycle cops Nero and Miller) split up
with one in each trial. Possibly she's looking for contradictions between the two officers to
crop up — Or she's racially seeking to colorize the trials.
chief prosecutor gunning for Freddie Gray 'killer cops' poses for glamorous Vogue photoshoot — while
trying to GAG defendants' lawyers. The chief prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case has
been slammed for trying to stop lawyers for the six accused police officers from talking to the
media — while simultaneously appearing in Vogue. Marilyn Mosby, the State's Attorney for
Baltimore, is lauded as a 'heroine and lightning rod' in a celebrity-style profile for the famous
Mosby Guilty of What She Seeks to Condemn. What is the moral difference between racially motivated
abuses of power by rogue municipal police officers and those by prosecuting attorneys? People should be
concerned by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's behavior, but it is especially alarming when you
consider that she is engaging in the same type of behavior that she is using her state power to criminalize.
Leading Forensic Pathologist Refutes Baltimore Autopsy Conclusions. Dr. Vincent DiMaio (testified in Zimmerman trial)
is widely considered one of the nation's foremost leading forensic pathologist. He too sees through the political smokescreen
deployed by Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
office takes credit for calming crowd, saving Baltimore from being 'burned to the ground'. In a new court filing
submitted Wednesday [6/24/2015], State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office claims their actions in charging six police officers
helped restore order and calm the crowd after Freddie Gray's death, saving Baltimore "before the entire city became an armed
camp or was burned to the ground." "Mrs. Mosby was trying to calm the crowd, not incite it," wrote Michael Schatzow for
Mosby's office, in a response to a defense motion, according to the Baltimore Sun. "Her repeated pleas for peace while
the criminal justice system does its work served a legitimate law enforcement function." Mosby's office was responding
to attorneys for the police officers, who have asked the judge to throw the case against the officers out, and claim that
Mosby's actions have tainted the jury pool.
Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges. Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby
has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two
months. It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police
officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Gray's death was not close to being complete.
Now, just two days before Friday's [6/26/2015] court deadline for the state to disclose the report
to the defense, it has been leaked to the Baltimore Sun. The Sun's story makes
it easier to understand why Ms. Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps.
Key Aspect Of The Freddie Gray Autopsy Report. There's something quite interesting in the Freddie Gray
autopsy story that is seemingly overlooked by those who are discussing the controversial content.
Mosby: 'I arrested the cops for political reasons'. This is rich. While simultaneously
saying the people of Baltimore are too stupid a mob to stop destroying their city, Mosby claims that
it was imperative she remove the constitutional protections of the police department in order to save
Baltimore; and people should be thanking her for sacrificing the police for the greater good of society.
Professor: Freddie Gray Autopsy Is 'Very, Very Helpful To The Defense'. The autopsy
conducted on Freddie Gray helps the case of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the
25-year-old's death, a law professor tells The Daily Caller. John Banzhaf, a law professor at
George Washington University, also says that the autopsy, a review of which was published Tuesday [6/23/2015]
by The Baltimore Sun, indicates that Baltimore city state's attorney Marilyn Mosby "downplayed" the
medical examiner's findings when she publicly announced charges against the officers on May 1.
Gray Autopsy Revealed: An "Accident" Changed To "Homicide" By The Absence of a Seatbelt. Our suspicions were
100% accurate in the review of all prior information coming from the released details. An "accidental" self-induced
injury stemming from Freddie Gray standing, not being seat-belted; and as a consequence of the van moving/stopping, Freddie
Gray impacting the wall of the transport van. Also including the presence of opiates and cannabinoid within his
Sounds like a "waffle job" to me.
of Freddie Gray shows 'high-energy' impact. Freddie Gray suffered a single "high-energy injury" to
his neck and spine — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated,
according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The state medical examiner's office
concluded that Gray's death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed
to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."
Gray autopsy finds 'high-energy injury' while riding in police van. Freddie Gray suffered a "high-energy
injury" while riding in a Baltimore police van and the failure of officers to follow procedures makes the death a
homicide, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Baltimore Sun. Police arrested Gray on 12 April
and he died a week later, prompting protests and rioting. A grand jury indicted six officers on various
charges. One officer faces the most serious charge of second-degree "depraved-heart" murder. They
have pleaded not guilty.
inside Baltimore police van under investigation. The photos show the doors of the
parked police van left open. On the inside of the back door is a sign, attached or possibly
stenciled on, that reads: "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!" The pictures were taken
Tuesday [6/30/2015] near the Central District Police Station on Baltimore Street.
The Editor says...
For those of you who may be confused by my terminology, "waffle job" is the name for the abuse of prisoners
being transported to city jails by local cops. The suspect sits in the back seat of a police car, as
two officers sit in the front seat. Upon a pre-arranged (silent) signal, the officer driving the car
slams on the brakes, throwing the handcuffed prisoner face-first into the screen separating the back seat
from the front. Then the two cops chuckle and the prisoner arrives at the police station with a
waffle imprint on his face, whereupon the other officers are also amused. This practice started in
the late 1970s, when barriers were first installed between the front and back seats of police cars.
It is my perception, as an outsider looking in, that the waffle job is usually reserved for belligerent
offenders who didn't get enough of a beating at the scene of their crime.
Update and correction 7/11/2015:
New information has come to light, specifically from the latest issue of National Review, July 20, 2015, pages 8 and 10.
"The medical examiner concluded that [Freddie] Gray was placed by police in a prone position on the van floor.
If he had stayed that way, he would not have suffered the severe neck injury that led to his death.
But Gray decided to try to get back up even though his hands and ankles were restrianed; that, apparently is
why he catapulted into the van's hard interior when it decelerated." The Editor is unaware of any
indication or evidence that the police intentionally caused Mr. Gray's injuries. Indeed, the person who
had the clearest opportunity to avoid Mr. Gray's arrest and subsequent injuries was Mr. Gray himself.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake named President of US Conference of Mayors. The US Conference of
Mayors kicked off their 83rd annual meeting this weekend and as part of the proceedings they named
their new president for the coming year. The lucky winner was Baltimore Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake. [...] [T]he Conference is supposed to be about collecting and sharing good ideas in
an effort to help cities improve their conditions and address challenges. Wouldn't you suppose
that somebody with a long, proven track record of success would be a logical choice?
Police Chief Batts: More officers likely to be arrested, forced out as result of reforms. More Baltimore police officers likely
face arrest as the result of reforms in a scandal-ridden department that requires "wholesale change," Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wrote
in a wide-ranging opinion piece published in The Baltimore Sun. "Our reform efforts will very likely see more police officers arrested,"
Batts wrote. "We will have more officers who are forced out because their outdated, outmoded views of policing do not match the standards
the community expects and demands."
Mosby's Office Says Baltimore Cops' Lawyers 'Spew Invective,' 'Distort Facts'. In the
latest salvo in the Freddie Gray case, the office of Baltimore city state's attorney Marilyn Mosby
is accusing the attorneys for six officers charged in the 25-year-old's death of "spew[ing]
invective, hoping that vitriol will trump logic." In a motion filed Wednesday [6/17/2015],
Mosby's chief deputy, Michael Schatzow, responded to the defense attorneys' calls for the
35-year-old prosecutor to recuse herself from the case because of her personal and political
conflicts of interest. "They make arguments for which they can find no authority," Schatzow
said of the defense lawyers. "They distort facts when they do not invent them. They
abhor logic, so they do not use it."
Mosby Responds To Defense Motion For Recusal — Petulance, Inexperience Permeate Motion
Language. Baltimore's Special State Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's office has responded
to defense motion that she should be removed from prosecuting the Baltimore Six. An astoundingly
petulant, and ideologically-worded, rebuttal motion claiming the accused police officers and their
attorneys distort facts in the hope "vitriol will trump logic." Notably absent, actually
glaringly absent, from the motion is anything relating to a "rough ride" despite numerous
references to the construct of negligence in reference to the transport of Freddie Gray.
Mosby Has Filed Protective Order To Block Release of Freddie Gray Autopsy. Today
[6/16/2015] Marilyn Mosby filed a motion requesting a protective order over the evidence in the
Freddie Gray case. Specifically, she is seeking to block the defense attorney's from publicly
sharing the autopsy results. Can you imagine her activist outrage if Saint Louis prosecutors hid
Mike Brown's autopsy? Can you imagine her outrage if New York prosecutors hid Eric Garner's autopsy?
Genosuicide and its causes.
In the reasonable fear of legal persecution, police in America's inner cities have stepped back from
aggressive enforcement of the law, and the result is a sudden surge in homicides that have killed
hundreds of people, almost all of them black. As Heather MacDonald reported in the Wall Street
Journal May 29, "Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America. In
Baltimore, the most pressing question every morning is how many people were shot the previous night.
Gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to Baltimore police, with
32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen
in 15 years.
Baltimore's Police Presence Drops, and Murders Soar. A month and a half after six
officers were charged in Mr. Gray's death, policing has dwindled in some of Baltimore's most
dangerous neighborhoods, and murders have risen to levels not seen in four decades. The totals
include a 29-year-old man fatally shot on this drug corner last month. Police union officials say
that officers are still coming to work, but that some feel a newfound reluctance and are stepping
back, questioning whether they will be prosecuted for actions they take on the job.
Mosby's Father Was A 'Crooked Cop,' Police Officer Grandfather Sued For Racial Discrimination. Marilyn Mosby
has made it widely known that she comes from a long line of police officers, five generations of law enforcement to be exact.
[...] But while it's true that numerous Mosby family members have worn the badge, a thorough look reveals a more complicated
picture of that law enforcement background than she has let on in public.
go from bad to worse for Marilyn Mosby. Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in the Freddie
Gray case, continues to make news for all the wrong reasons. First, her motion for a gag order in
the case was dismissed because she f iled it in the wrong court. [...] Mistakes like this aren't unheard
of in litigation, but they smack of amateurism. Second, it has been revealed that Mosby directed
Baltimore police to ramp up narcotics patrols with increased "targeting" at an intersection near where
Freddie Gray was arrested.
PD Email Surfaces Showing Marilyn Mosby Asked Police To Target Exact Location Where Freddie Gray Was
Apprehended. An email has surfaced as part of a defense motion to recuse Baltimore
State Attorney Marilyn Mosby. The email is from Mosby's office in the weeks just prior to the
arrest of Freddie Gray. In the March email Mosby is specifically asking the Baltimore police to
target the exact intersection where Freddie Gray was apprehended — and work on eliminating
increased drug activity.
prosecutor asked police to target area where Freddie Gray was arrested. About three weeks
before Freddie Gray was chased from a West Baltimore corner by three Baltimore police officers —
the start of a fatal encounter — the office of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby asked police to target
the intersection with "enhanced" drug enforcement efforts, court documents show. "State's Attorney
Mosby asked me to look into community concerns regarding drug dealing in the area of North Ave and Mount St,"
Joshua Rosenblatt, division chief of Mosby's Crime Strategies Unit, wrote in a March 17 email to a
Western District police commander.
prosecutors had asked police to target Freddie Gray corner: report. Baltimore prosecutors had asked police
to focus drug enforcement efforts on the corner where Freddie Gray was chased by officers before he allegedly suffered a
fatal injury in police custody, the Baltimore Sun reported on Wednesday [6/10/2015].
officers break silence on riots, murder spike and Freddie Gray. Forty-two people were
killed in Baltimore in May, making it the deadliest month there since 1972. When asked what's
behind that number, a Baltimore police officer gave an alarming answer. Basically, he said, the
good guys are letting the bad guys win.
Mosby's Gag Motion Denied After Filing in Wrong Court. Judge Charles J. Peters denied the Baltimore
State's Attorney's motion on Tuesday for a gag order relating to the prosecution of six officers involved in the arrest
of Freddie Gray. Marilyn Mosby's request was denied on the grounds that her staff sent the request in the wrong court
at the time. Mosby's motion was filed in Baltimore's circuit court on May 14, and was meant to forbid any public
disclosure about the Gray case by any witnesses, attorneys and police involved. Peters declared that the motion
lacked standing in the proceeding because until the officers' May 21 indictment, the case was still under the
jurisdiction of the District Court. Prosecution spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie, refused to say whether the state
had any plans to file a new motion.
Mayor Loses 5 Criminal Justice Staffers. In a span of just over two weeks, Baltimore
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake saw five top-level criminal justice staffers resign from their posts
during a time when the city is experiencing its worst crime wave since the 1970s. By the end of
May, four were gone in a week, starting with head of Office of Nonviolent Programs, LeVar Michael.
Following him was the Director of the Criminal Justice Office, Angela Johnese. Then Heather Brantner
who was a coordinator for Rawlings-Blake's Sexual Assault Response Team. In that week's final blow,
the mayor's deputy director, Shannon Cosgrove, announced her departure. Amazingly, according to Legal
Insurrection, not one reason was given for any one of these resignations. They just abruptly left.
City of the Future. Culpability for the events in Baltimore over the past couple of
weeks has perhaps inappropriately been directed exclusively at the police department. In all
likelihood, the charges against the police involved in the tragic death of Freddie Gray are only
symptomatic of the greater underlying problems of the once booming city. The greater tragedy
is the destructive policies of over fifty years of liberal governance, which created the environment
of disparity, poverty, and victimhood. The city has been hemorrhaging jobs at an alarming rate
for decades. And the most hard-hit have been the city's black youth. Over 37% of
20-25 year-old black males are unemployed, versus 10% for white males of the same age. Black
household median income is nearly half what it is for white households, at $33,610 and $60,550, respectively.
Judge Denies State Attorney Marilyn Mosby Motion for Gag Order. The judge presiding over the prosecution of
six Baltimore Police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray struck the state's motion for a gag order in the case.
Judge Charles J. Peters ruled the motion lacked standing in an actual proceeding, as it was filed by Baltimore State's
Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office in Circuit Court on May 14. At that time, the officers' cases were still in District
Court. They weren't transferred to Circuit Court until May 21, when the officers were indicted.
May Lose Arm After Man Stabbed Her 14 Times Over "Baltimore". Unfortunately, the
agitators, race hustlers, cop-blockers, pandering politicians, and media have told their lies so
long and so loud that they have triggered yet another unprovoked anti-police attack.
Practicing Defensive Medicine. Six Baltimore police officers were indicted in connection with the
death of Freddie Gray who died while in police custody after arrest. Did the police officers commit "police
malpractice"? Did they deviate from the "standard of care" during the arrest and detention process?
Who knows? Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, before any investigation of the facts and circumstances,
saw that they were indicted. A trial awaits the policemen, but meanwhile their lives are ruined, professionally
and financially. [...] Predictably, arrests are down. In Baltimore, "Police are booking fewer than half the
number of people they pulled off the streets last year." Crime is up and the police are nowhere to be seen.
State Attorney Seeks Protective Order Blocking Release of Freddie Gray Autopsy Findings. Head's up,
we've seen this play before. Corrupt and lying State Attorney, Angela Corey, did the exact same thing in the
Zimmerman trial in order to keep the public from seeing how a fraudulent prosecution is constructed. However,
this latest manuever by Marilyn Mosby, as reported today in the Baltimore Sun, is Supernova levels beyond Hypocritical.
Can you imagine the outrage within the "Black Lives Matter" community if Saint Louis prosecutor, Robert McColloch
blocked the autopsy release of Mike Brown? Think about it.
state's attorney Mosby seeks to hide Freddie Gray autopsy. Marilyn Mosby, the state's
attorney prosecuting 6 Baltimore police officers had no concerns over speaking out on her evidence
on a national stage, but now wants to deny the public access to the autopsy performed on the late
Freddie Gray. What is she hiding, and why? She is doing an excellent impersonation of
a young and inexperienced prosecutor way over her head, as she also seeks more time to respond to
defendants' motions, keeping them in limbo and without means of support, while her office with over 200
attorneys available, claims it is unable to respond in the normal amount of time allowed for such motions.
records deadliest month in more than 40 years. With three men killed in shootings on
Sunday, Baltimore recorded its deadliest month in more than 40 years. The 43 killings
in May surpassed the 42 homicides the city saw in August 1990, and left Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
defending police and her administration. [...] The killing of African-Americans in Baltimore has to stop,
she said, noting that 189 of the 208 killed last year were black men. For the city to improve,
all homicides need to drop, she added.
the Price. Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not
only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom
threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters. Now murders in Baltimore
in May have been more than double what they were in May last year, and higher than in any May in the past
15 years. Meanwhile, the number of arrests is down by more than 50 percent.
Baltimore. Soon after the rioting in Baltimore ended in late April, the world's media
turned their gaze elsewhere. Then, as a petulant police force retreated to its station houses, the
real carnage began. May was the most lethal month in the city in more than 40 years; in
per capita terms, it may have been the bloodiest month since recordkeeping began.
Islamism. [Scroll down] Contrast this with leftist-run Maryland, which in the
same extensive survey ranked nearly last — 44th out of 50 — in its Second
Amendment support. The reasons? The Old Line State unconstitutionally burdens its citizens to
obtain a license to own a gun, requires them to be registered in a government database, and makes
obtaining a carry permit difficult to the point that they are rarely issued. The Baltimore
protests-turned-riots earlier this year showed some of the implications of these unconstitutional
add-ons: shop owners couldn't defend themselves against the mobs, and peaceful protesters
ended up at the mercy of the criminal gangs.
What if you
were a Baltimore police officer? I have a question for you: If a relative, friend,
in-law or neighbor made it blatantly clear that you were not welcome somewhere, and took aggressive
steps to make their point, including physical manifestations of their displeasure with your
presence, how many times would you make a special effort to visit that place?
records deadliest month in more than 40 years. With three men killed in eastside
shootings on Sunday, Baltimore recorded its deadliest month in more than 40 years.
The 43 killings in May surpassed the 42 homicides the city saw in August 1990, and
left Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending police and her administration.
Rising Crime Rates: It's Not Just Baltimore.
[Loretta] Lynch's encomium to the beleaguered cops will not alter the fact that crime in Baltimore
is out of control with no sign of improvement. "You have picked a noble profession," she told the
officers. "Despite how people may want to portray it, you [should] hold on to that every day."
Among the "many" she referred to are of course Mr. Holder and, lest we forget, the president of the United
States, who seems to believe that the greatest danger facing black Americans is that of being mistreated by
police officers. Conditions in Baltimore suggest otherwise. Since April 12, the day Freddie
Gray was arrested, 51 people have been killed in Baltimore, 47 of whom have been black and none of whom
died at the hands of a police officer.
Left's Reign of Terror Continues in Martin O'Malley's Baltimore. As Maryland's largest
city grieves for a mother and her 7-year-old son found shot to death, it is becoming clear that
criminals emboldened by left-wingers are terrorizing the people of Baltimore like never before.
The city's radical, left-wing, thug-loving mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), has emasculated the
local police she despises and abandoned her constituents by giving criminals a green light to do as
they please. Police officers have been ordered not to do their jobs which is just as well because
many of them are quite justifiably terrified of doing their jobs in the current environment. Mobs of
as many as 50 people now routinely assemble when police arrive at crime scenes. Are they serving
as community watchdogs or are they there to intimidate cops? Maybe both.
capital: Baltimore's homicide explosion in wake of Freddie Gray case dwarfs rate of similar
cities. The double murder Thursday of a young mother and her 7-year-old boy brought
Baltimore's bloody monthly homicide tally to 38, a figure that dwarfs that of similar-sized cities
and even exceeds the total for the same period in New York. [...] "The criminals are taking
advantage of the situation in Baltimore since the unrest," Lt. Gene Ryan, President of the Fraternal
Order of Police Lodge 3, which represents officers in Baltimore, said in a statement provided
to FoxNews.com. "Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are
under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs
properly than they are of getting shot on duty."
Kelly: 'Learned Lawyers' Are Saying Marilyn Mosby Should Be Disbarred. Fox News host
Megyn Kelly said on Wednesday's [5/27/2015] "The Kelly File" that educated lawyers in Baltimore were
throwing around the word "disbarment" when discussing the conduct on Baltimore City State Attorney
Marilyn Mosby and her prosecution of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Grey.
"The civil unrest that occurred makes it unlikely the police officers could get a fair trial in the city
of Baltimore, even if Mother Teresa were the prosecutor. But instead you have a prosecutor who
acts and sounds like she's a political candidate for office," noted senior judicial correspondent
and former judge Andrew Napolitano.
Mosby to Perform in Baltimore Circus. Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's high-profile prosecution
against the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray may have devolved into what could arguably be
described as a three-ring circus, but she and her husband, city councilman Nick Mosby, are literally
going to be guest ringmasters in a traveling black circus that is visiting Baltimore this weekend.
boy most recent homicides in Baltimore as city sees deadliest month in years. Baltimore police
Thursday [5/28/2015] found the bodies of an unidentified woman and a boy around 8 years old with gunshot
wounds to the head, increasing the number of homicides in the city to 38 in what has been one of the city's
bloodiest months on record. Officers said they responded to a report of a shooting on Upmanor Road
Thursday morning and found both victims, who were pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives are
investigating. The murders bring to 110 the number of killings in Baltimore so far this year, the
Baltimore Sun reported.
$20 Million Federally Financed Riots. One month after the race riots that trashed
Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that the city would apply for a $20 million Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replenish the "rainy day fund" being used to pay for cleanup
and police overtime costs in the wake of the mayhem that she herself is on record as encouraging.
"In order to replenish this fund, we've already worked with the state to apply for a federal FEMA
reimbursement, and we are confident that we will receive a significant reimbursement from the federal
government," CBS Baltimore affiliate WJZ reported her as saying Wednesday [5/27/2015].
and shootings spike while arrests decline in Baltimore City. May has seen 38 homicides
so far, making it Baltimore's deadliest month since 1996. Shootings this month have more than
doubled compared to May 2014. Meanwhile, arrests have plummeted since April's unrest in Baltimore,
with only 1,177 people arrested so far in May compared to 3,801 in the same month last year.
Baltimore was an obsession of the BlackLivesMatter crowd and of the news media after the death of
Freddie Gray from a terrible injury suffered in police custody. But now that 35 people have been
murdered in the month of May, the highest in a month since 1999, the response has been muted. A
few Baltimore organizations are staging anti-violence protests, but they won't command major media
attention. There have been headlines and TV reports about the killing spree, but nothing like
the ubiquitous calls for yet another national "conversation" after Freddie Gray's death.
State Attorney Marilyn Mosby Claims "hacks", and Begins Shutting Down Social Media. A
scathing expose' by Megyn Kelly today, outlining much of our research on activist Baltimore State
Attorney Marilyn Mosby, leads to Team Mosby claiming a "twitter hacking" and blocking visibility of
Mosby's earlier prejudicial video statements.
in Freddie Gray case file for change of venue. Defense attorneys for six police
officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the case tried
elsewhere in Maryland, saying their clients can't get a "fair and impartial trial" in Baltimore.
In an 85-page document filed Wednesday [5/27/2015] with the court seeking a change of venue, the lawyers
argued that a "presumption of prejudice" exists in the city.
Baltimore became Pottersville. Baltimore's recent riots are not surprising in a city
that has long been plagued by both police brutality and one of the nation's highest murder rates.
Though numerous government policies and the rampaging looters deserve blame for the carnage, federal
housing subsidies have long destabilized Baltimore neighborhoods and helped create a culture of
violence with impunity. Yet just last week, Baltimore officials were in Washington asking for
more. Given the history, it defies understanding.
6 Officers Indicted In Freddie
Gray's Death. City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says based on new evidence that's not being released, some charges have
been revised — but the ones with the most prison time still stand.
Thugs Rule The Streets — Post Riot Baltimore Shootings Skyrocket 70% — Murder
Rate Increases 42% — Mayor "Disheartened". Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
called the city's recent spike in violence "disheartening" Thursday [5/21/2015] as police work to
address a dramatic increase in homicides and nonfatal shootings.
police department not repeating the mistakes of Baltimore. [Scroll down] The
first sign of violence occurred when protesters hurled an object at a man who was heading into a
bar, striking him on the head. The police, who were following along, promptly arrested the thrower
and two protesters who interfered with the arrest. Next, four protesters attacked patrons of
another bar. All four were arrested. Two more were arrested for using pepper spray on the patrons
of yet another bar. Eventually, as more violence loomed, the police ordered the crowd to disperse.
When the protesters did not comply, dozens were arrested.
Rioters Burn Down House & Medical Equipment of Severely Disabled Child. Khai'Lee Sampson is a 7-year-old child that
suffers from severe cerebral palsy caused by an asthma attack when he was 18 months old that left him without oxygen for
45 minutes. A few weeks ago, his house was burned down during the Baltimore riots, destroying all of his medical
equipment that keeps him alive.
'conflicts'. The heated rhetoric on both sides of the prosecution of officers involved
in Freddie Gray's death has intensified in recent days, with their attorneys calling for State's
Attorney Marilyn Mosby to be replaced by a special prosecutor and with her office firing back in
court briefs. Given the passions stirred by the case, it's not surprising, but it doesn't
amount to much either.
Thugs Rule The Streets — Post Riot Baltimore Shootings Skyrocket 70% — Murder
Rate Increases 42%. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the city's recent spike in violence
"disheartening" Thursday [5/21/2015] as police work to address a dramatic increase in homicides and nonfatal
shootings. "It's extremely frustrating," the mayor told reporters at a news conference. "It is
disheartening, but I am still resolved to continue to reduce violent crime in our city."
Mosby Now Says Freddie Gray's Knife Isn't Important To Case Against 6 Baltimore Cops.
The office of Baltimore City state's attorney Marilyn Mosby has added a new wrinkle to the Freddie
Gray case, alleging in a court filing that the 25-year-old was illegally arrested by Baltimore
police officers even before they recovered a knife on his person.
Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby NOW Requests Gag Order In Freddie Gray Case. Marilyn Mosby
announced her independent "direct action" charges against the Baltimore Six police officers, with a
national press conference. [...] However, soon after announcing her charges, the facts behind the
case began to surface and the case began falling apart. Now, with the very real possibility of
a nation awakening to the political and activist motives, she is asking the court to impose a gag
order — so she can hide the fraud and delay public knowledge.
leaders encourage riots even as they condemn them. It's an iron rule of economics: If
you want less of something, tax it. If you want more of something, subsidize it. This iron rule
captures a deep truth not just about money but about human nature — and we are seeing it play out
in horrifying and dispiriting images of Baltimore under siege from within. Of late, America has been
offering a moral subsidy of sorts to rioting and looting.
Numbers Show Most
Baltimore Cops Are Minorities. Civil rights activists and liberal advocates have
loudly charged that behind the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American who died while
in police custody, is a racially prejudiced Baltimore police department that continues to torment
the city's poor minority neighborhoods. The critics haven't looked at the numbers.
State Attorney Mosby Announces New "Jobs Instead of Convictions" Program. It should be
noted the program relates to "non-violent drug felons"; the key aspect being the definition of
"violent". As Marilyn Mosby and all of the Baltimore officials have noted, arson, looting
and destruction of property is considered "non-violent".
The Editor says...
Watch the video again. The only jobs
for which these guys show any aptitude is demolition. Who would hire any of them?
Caused During Baltimore Riots Estimated At $9 Million. Days of rioting in Baltimore
after Freddie Gray's death caused an estimated $9 million in damage to homes and businesses, the
Small Business Administration announced Wednesday [5/13/2015].
defends handling of Baltimore rioting. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her handling of the
recent rioting in Baltimore, arguing Tuesday [5/12/2015] that more aggressive police or military tactics could have
escalated the violence. "Nobody died during the riots," Rawlings-Blake said. "Out of the two weeks of
demonstrations, we only had a few hours of unrest, and then we were able to restore peace and calm. ...["]
Baltimore City Jail Correctional Officers Caught On Video Looting A 7-11. Two correctional officers who
work at the Baltimore City jail were suspended without pay Wednesday [5/13/2015] after video emerged showing them
looting a 7-11 store during last month's riots. Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard were charged with theft and
two counts of burglary, according to a statement released by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional
activism of Maryland's state's attorney. Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City state's
attorney who has filed charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, is a
left-wing activist first and a prosecutor second. She couldn't have made this clearer last weekend
when she turned up at Prince's rock concert in Baltimore. She not only attended the de facto
anti-police political rally but appeared on stage with the performer
Johnson: GOP Budget Could Cause Baltimore Type Violence. During an interview last week
on WABE radio's "A Closer Look" program Johnson said he voted against the GOP budget measure because
of its domestic spending cuts and added that its passage could result in violence. "If we're not
careful the have-nots of this country will rise up like the people in Baltimore," Johnson said.
Wake Of Riots, Baltimore Demands More Money For Programs. Political leaders and activists in
Baltimore are using the city's recent riots as an opportunity to demand more state funding for the city's
school system and after-school programs. At two different events on Monday [5/11/2015], activists and
politicians directly cited the riots as showcasing the need to funnel more money towards educational efforts
in Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun reports. Activists want Hogan to direct about $68 million in funds
he hoped to allocate for other state needs back to education. About $11 million of that money
would go to Baltimore.
The Editor says...
Watch the video clips. There is no evidence that the Baltimore rioters have had
any education at all. Thus, all the money spent on their behalf — whether they attended classes or not — was
completely wasted. Don't ask for more "education" money until you can show positive outcomes. Until then, the money would be
better spent on barricades, tear gas and prisons.
Christian Adams on Fox: 'Some DOJ Lawyers in Division Probing Baltimore PD Worked for Anti-Police
Orgs'. PJ Media Legal Editor J. Christian Adams appeared with Shannon Bream
[5/10/2015] to discuss the Department of Justice's investigation into the conduct of Baltimore's
Police Department, which was requested by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake following the
death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The Eric Holder/Loretta Lynch DOJ has launched
similar investigations into the conduct of municipal police departments based upon an incident that
inflamed racial tensions. Most recently, the DOJ targeted the Ferguson Police Department, which
resulted in firings and other severe punishment despite the inciting incident having been found to
exhibit no evidence of misconduct.
prosecutor Marilyn Mosby under fire for political, celebrity conduct. Marilyn Mosby,
the Baltimore City State Attorney in charge of prosecuting six police officers for the death of
Freddie Gray, Jr., is coming under increasing criticism from defense attorneys and legal scholars
who think she is politicizing the case and using her prosecutorial power to create her own
celebrity. Ms. Mosby has raised eyebrows in several quarters with a media blitz that has
spanned from a CNN interview that focused on her courtship with her city councilman husband to her
decision to appear on stage with Prince during a rock concert for a song dedicated to Mr. Gray.
doubles down on demagoguery. Yesterday [5/10/2015], Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor who
brought charges against six Baltimore police officers accused of mistreating Freddie Gray, sat on
stage at a Baltimore concert in which Prince performed a protest song about Gray and the recent
unrest in the city. As I understand it, the concert was in honor of Gray, and Prince called Mosby
and her husband to the stage. Based on the reports I've seen, I would say the event had a
decidedly anti-police tenor.
Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Sits On Stage As Guest Of Honor For Prince Concert Rally and Freddie Gray
Justice. Any conversation questioning whether Marilyn Mosby might be concerned about
the appearance of impropriety can be put to rest. Last night [5/9/2015] State Attorney Marilyn
Mosby, the prosecutor in case against Baltimore six police officers, along with her husband Councilman
Nick Mosby, not only appeared on stage, in front of thousands during a "Justice For Freddie Gray"
concert by Prince, but also sat on stage — as a guest of honor — during the
Police Just Arrested Man Who Filmed The Freddie Gray Arrest. Kevin Moore filmed the
police brutally arresting Freddie Gray. That footage went viral and began all of the protests that
have been flooding the streets of Baltimore and sweeping the nation ever since. Now, after claiming
the police had been harassing and intimidating him after he went public with the footage, Kevin
Moore and two members of Cop Watch — Chad Jackson and Tony White — have
been arrested tonight [4/30/2015] in Baltimore.
The riots haven't ended, they've merely been
postponed. Yes, the rioters have put down their bricks, their Molotov cocktails, and all their many
other implements of destruction (at least for the time being), and when one compares the present state of the city
to the chaos seen last week, one can say things have improved. But after the great collective sigh of relief
goes out, Baltimoreans must now reckon with the meaning of the word "normal" as it applies to their city.
Indeed, what is normal in Baltimore would be cause for great alarm in almost any other city you could name.
From Police Is the Norm, Some in Baltimore Say. Some do it because there are warrants
for their arrest. Others because they possess drugs, are seeking a thrill, or are just plain scared.
Sometimes people do it even when they have done nothing wrong. Young men in the heavily policed
neighborhood where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was chased by the police — and suffered fatal
injuries in custody — say running from officers is a way of life with its own playbook,
passed down on the streets in much the way a young girl learns double dutch by watching others on
Opens Civil Rights Probe Into Baltimore Police, Won't Put 'Prism' of Racism on Investigation. New
Attorney General Loretta Lynch today announced a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department,
stressing that "if unconstitutional policies or practices are found, we will seek a court-enforceable agreement
to address those issues." Lynch said the Justice Department probe will focus on "allegations that Baltimore
Police Department officers use excessive force, including deadly force, conduct unlawful searches, seizures and
arrests, and engage in discriminatory policing."
Prosecutor Mosby's Lead Investigator. Mr. [Avon] Mackel used to be a high-ranking
Baltimore police officer, according to CNN. Well, until things went horribly wrong. In 2009
Mackel was stripped of his command position because of a grievous failure to follow through on allegations
of a mishandled robbery investigation by two of his officers. In addition, according to that same
CNN report the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported that police in Mackel's district were falsely
"down-classifying" crimes in order to suggest crime rates were lower than was actually the
case — and to make Mackel look more effective as a crime-fighter than he was.
But it gets even more interesting.
surges as Baltimore police officers feel hesitant. As the number of shootings and
homicides has surged in Baltimore, some police officers say they feel hesitant on the job under
intense public scrutiny and in the wake of criminal charges against six officers in the Freddie Gray
case. State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's decision last week to charge the officers has stoked
strong opinions across the country — including praise from those who want accountability
and derision from some legal experts. But perhaps the most jarring effect has been on the
Baltimore Police Department.
police vans in Baltimore region lack seat belts. Two Baltimore-area police departments
say they're reviewing their practices for the transport of prisoners in the wake of Freddie Gray's
death from an injury that prosecutors say he suffered in the back of a police van. The reviews by
the Howard and Baltimore County police departments come as a survey by The Baltimore Sun found that
prisoner transport vans used by county law enforcement agencies generally are not equipped with seat belts.
Black Families Matter.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake made all the right noises Monday night as she discussed her
city's response to the unrest enveloping it after the unexplained death while in police custody of
Freddie Gray, but she lost more than a few critics willing to give her the benefit of the doubt when
she said that "anyone who wants to add to the calls for peace in our city is welcome" —
including Al Sharpton.