Baltimore has officially hit its highest per capita murder rate ever.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore broke its annual per capita homicide record after reaching 342 killings Friday
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) December 27, 2019
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.
Police recorded 338 homicides as of Tuesday, following a week of relentless gunfire that saw eight people shot — three of them fatally — in one day and nine others — one fatally — another day. That total is up from 309 in 2018 and four shy of the 342 killings tallied in 2017 and 2015, the year when the city’s homicide rate suddenly spiked.
With just over 600,000 residents, Baltimore’s homicide rate would reach approximately 57 per 100,000 residents if the death toll reaches 342. That would eclipse the rate of 1993, when the city had a record 353 killings but was also much more populous.
By contrast, New York City, with more than 8 million residents, had 306 homicides through Dec. 15.
Since Black Lives Matter got involved the homicide rate in Baltimore is skyrocketing.
This is the fifth year in a row this Mid-Atlantic community dubbed “Charm City” has reported more than 300 killings. Before 2015, that number had generally been on the decline, but the trend reversed after civil unrest followed the death in police custody of a young black man, Freddie Gray.
This is exactly why the left is such a destructive force in the US. It is their exact anti-police policies that are leading to more deaths for black Americans.
A criminologist from Baltimore claimed that police alone wouldn’t solve it.
“Let’s not assume simply that by putting more officers, this is going to lead to greater closure of cases or will be a deterrent,” Jeffrey Ian Ross, a criminologist at the University of Baltimore. “It may help families, it may put behind bars some more bad guys, but it doesn’t mean it necessarily leads to a decrease in crime and homicides.”
This is why academics are just the worst. Homicides were going down when police were allowed to patrol these streets. It is time for Conservatives to grow a backbone and stand up for police in these areas. I am sick and tired of seeing people dying in the streets because the left disarms our police officers.
This number will likely rise since we still have four days left in 2019.
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