Are Baltimore Officials Baffled By Spike In Chaos, Crime and Murder – Really?

The Accused Baltimore Police Officers

The Accused Baltimore Police Officers

The citizens of Baltimore who until recently chronically complained about relentless police misconduct and race-based harassment by the men and women who wear the blue uniforms are talking a different story today.  They celebrated when six of Baltimore’s finest were indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

By the way, we still don’t know the exact circumstances of Gray’s foot pursuit and arrest – except that the State’s Attorney, Ms. Mosby, tells us that she’s sure it was illegal.  She put on quite a show in front of the city hall, and the mob cheered.  That mob didn’t know what really happened in the Freddie Gray case, either.

There was a purpose in charging the officers, ladies and gentlemen, and it was not the pursuit of truth, justice and the American way.  It was a deliberate move in a series of deliberate moves, sanctioned and blessed by the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice, designed to neutralize Baltimore’s – nay, America’s law enforcement – to allow the agents of anarchy and chaos to plunder and murder willy nilly.  It was one more step toward erasing that Thin Blue Line.  Here’s the latest on the situation in Baltimore from the Associated Press via CBS Baltimore:

BALTIMORE (AP) — Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore.

She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.

“I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”…

I wonder why the police are nowhere.  Wasn’t that the plan?  To stop the police from bothering innocent people?

Perrine’s brother is one of 36 people killed in Baltimore so far this month, already the highest homicide count for May since 1999. But while homicides are spiking, arrests have plunged more than 50 percent compared to last year.

The drop in arrests followed the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked protests against the police and some rioting, and led to the indictment of six officers.

Now West Baltimore residents worry they’ve been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them. In recent weeks, some neighborhoods have become like the Wild West without a lawman around, residents said….

And those riots were fed by the press corps not doing its job in digging up all the facts of Gray’s arrest – and the Mayor of Baltimore, herself, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – who ordered her police department to stand down so the rioters could destroy property.  Then came the indictments and the celebrations over the belief that, finally, those demons in blue have been reined in and won’t bother us any more.  Now where are we?

“Before it was over-policing. Now there’s no police,” said Donnail “Dreads” Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was arrested.

“I haven’t seen the police since the riots,” Lee said. “People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren’t pulling them up like they used to.”

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said last week his officers “are not holding back” from policing tough neighborhoods, but they are encountering dangerous hostility in the Western District.

“Our officers tell me that when officers pull up, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time,” Batts said…

Too much policing before Gray’s death.  Not enough policing now that the police have backed off.  Ever been surrounded by a mob of angry, intoxicated people while you’re wearing a uniform and a badge?  I have.  I can’t tell you it was a pleasant situation, because it wasn’t.

…At a City Council meeting Wednesday, Batts said officers have expressed concern they could be arrested for making mistakes.

“What is happening, there is a lot of levels of confusion in the police organization. There are people who have pain, there are people who are hurt, there are people who are frustrated, there are people who are angry,” Batts said. “There are people, and they’ve said this to me, `If I get out of my car and make a stop for a reasonable suspicion that leads to probable cause but I make a mistake on it, will I be arrested?’ They pull up to a scene and another officer has done something that they don’t know, it may be illegal, will they be arrested for it? Those are things they are asking.”…

The indictments in the Gray arrest have emboldened the barbarians.  What really happened in Freddie Gray’s death doesn’t matter now.  What matters is what the mobs believe happened.  It’s only going to get worse.  This is where our current Administration has been taking us for a long time.

But, here’s the thing.  What’s the end game?  Why has the President made the likes of Al Sharpton his go-to guy on race relations?

AlSharptonB90DRveCUAAg_y9What’s going to happen when civilized behavior falls apart and there is anarchy in all the country’s big cities?  I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen, but if it did, where do we end up?  Well, if we look at history’s lessons, we have this:

Hitler-2Or this:

leninthOr this:

stalinDon’t think it can’t happen here.


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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