City crime spike. A dramatic increase in violence in Baltimore. Dozens of shooting and murders in the last few weeks following the riots last month.While I'm sure the quality of policing in Baltimore may have improved slightly as a result of the riots, I'm pretty sure the amount of policing being done is far less, as police fear being caught up in the coming inquisition.
Christie Ileto reports some are concerned police are hesitant to crack down after six officers were charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
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“People have said its because morale is down, or it’s because the officers were charged. We don’t know that,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
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A Baltimore police officer who chose to remain anonymous says the Freddie Gray case impacted policing.
“If you want them to be proactive in patrolling and trying to catch people, I could see them not being interested in doing that,” the officer said.
However, what goes unmentioned, and is likely even more important is the feeling by the criminal element in Baltimore that enforcement is actively looking the other way.