The Baltimore mayor says leadership is not the blame for the high homicide rate. In fact, he even said, “I’m not committing the murders”. If innocent people are being killed in your city and part of your job is to protect the people then who’s fault is it that people aren’t being protected? Of course he isn’t pulling the trigger. But the city definitely feels that police are not as aggressive as they used to be. It could be because they became under national scrutiny when Freddie Gray died while being taken into custody by police. So now, the police are more apprehensive to take suspicious people down. And the bad guys know it. Perhaps the mayor should work on better training for police and the relationship between police and these neighborhoods with high crime.
Bernard “Jack” Young, who took office in May, said during his weekly press conference that “there’s not any lack of leadership of my part.”
“That’s what people need to understand. I’m not committing the murders. The police commissioner is not committing it. The council is not committing it. So how can you fault leadership?” he questioned. “You know this has been five years of 300-plus murders, and I don’t see it as a lack of leadership.”
At least 296 people have been killed so far in the major northeastern city in Maryland this year, according to The Baltimore Sun, putting the city on track to have more than 300 homicides for the fifth year in a row. Baltimore has a population of more than 600,000 people.
Baltimore cops have somewhat relaxed the intensity of their enforcement efforts in the wake of Freddie Gray’s 2015 death while in police custody and the protests that followed. Preliminary data suggests cops have been reporting fewer and fewer criminal incidents in the years since Gray died, leading many observers to draw a correlation between overly cautious law enforcement stemming from the heightened scrutiny.
Young’s remarks follow an op-ed from John Hoey, president and CEO of the Y in Central Maryland, published by the news outlet on Monday. Hoey criticized the city’s inability to reduce violent crime rates, despite other cities having done so, after a Y employee named Jordan Taylor, who worked as a youth sports coach, was murdered last week.
Hoey wrote the city of Baltimore has seen both a “crisis of confidence” and a “crisis of leadership.”
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