78% increase in homicides in Baltimore since Freddie Gray riots

We now have stark statistical evidence how utterly counter-productive race riots are: riots by blacks in Ferguson and Baltimore end up hurting blacks the most.
In the case of Baltimore, a majority-black city of roughly 623,000, the riots began on April 25, 2015, 6 days after the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man with a long rap-sheet who had been arrested a week before. Though seen to be in apparent good health at his arrest, Gray later sustained injuries to his spine and larynx, and fell into a coma, never to regain consciousness despite multiple surgical attempts. On April 21, 2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were temporarily suspended with pay.
The riots plunged Baltimore, the largest city in the State of Maryland, into a state of emergency, wracked by rioting, burning, and looting. 15 buildings were burnt down and many others damaged and looted; 144 cars burnt; pharmacies were looted for drugs; at least 15 police officers were injured; some 200 people were arrested; schools were closed. Business owners, including black owners, fled for their lives, and looters just took what they wanted. One shop-owner said he called police 50 times, but no one came. (Daily Mail)
What began as protests quickly conflagrated into violent riots, in part because the protesters understood Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s comment, “we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” as a permission to riot. (See “A movie becomes real: Baltimore race riots understood mayor’s words as permission to Purge“)
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On May 1, 2015, the city filed charges against the six police officers after the medical examiner’s report ruled Gray’s death a homicide as a result of a ‘rough ride’ – a form of police brutality in which a victim is helplessly thrown around by deliberately abrupt driving while unable to keep themselves safe due to use of restraints. Three of the officers are facing manslaughter charges. One officer, ironically a black officer named Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the driver of the van that transported Gray to the police station, faces an additional count of second degree depraved-heart murder, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
The riots’ aftermath was a state of anarchy in Baltimore — in which homicides spiked, police presence was scarce, and residents lived in fear, especially in black neighborhoods. For that matter, the crime spike was not just in Baltimore and Ferguson, but nationwide.
Now, we have statistical evidence of the dramatic and bloody changes in post-riot Baltimore.
The Economist reports, Nov. 21, 2015, that since the riots, Baltimore has had a 78% increase in homicides — 244 homicides — over the same period in 2014, which is more than 100 additional deaths. On November 14th the police department reported the city’s 300th homicide in 2015, a total not seen since 1999. The surge in killings can be pinpointed to have begun after Gray’s death.
Baltimore homicides 2015
Criminologists and city officials disagree as to the causes:

  • Some say police have deliberately pulled back from poor, black neighbourhoods, a theory that the police disputes.
  • Others blame an influx of drugs from pharmacies looted during the April riots.
  • A third theory is that a decline in trust between the police and the policed has had deadly consequences: fewer residents talk to the police, which leads to fewer murders being solved, which—by lowering the odds of being caught—results in more murders.

Whatever the reason, the killing continues. Just hours after the 300th murder, police reported a shooting in the city’s Westport neighbourhood, the fourth homicide of the day. The total for the year now stands at 305.
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~Eowyn

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DCG
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The good mayor needs to update her web site, “Mayor Rawlings-Blake has focused her administration on growing Baltimore’s population…by improving public safety and public education and by strengthening city neighborhoods.” Also, “Mayor Rawlings-Blake has also worked to make Baltimore a welcoming city for immigrants.” Doesn’t appear to be too welcoming to anyone who wishes to live.

josephbc69
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Just wait until Summer, when the temperature goes above blood heat, and the murder rate soars, as it always has done for the past 250 years, borne out by carefully kept statistics in criminal records.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

The answer is SO OBVIOUS-They need MORE Gun Control Laws!! (sarc)

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

“The surge in killings can be pinpointed to have begun after Gray’s death” So, one person’s death meant so much to all the thugs and criminals that it precipitated murders exponentially in the city? If you foolishly tell people with known proclivities for felonious acts that they can have “space” to “destroy” property without police interference, then you have just laid the groundwork for anarchy…which is what baltimore has become. It sounds like they are trying to blame the cops for not protecting the city after they threw them under the bus. The cops are smart to stay out of… Read more »

John Molloy
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John Molloy

Too bad Mayor Rawling Blake and the DA were not among the 78%

MeThePeople
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MeThePeople

Isn’t it encouraging that the brothers are also apparently becoming better shots?
That’s progress!

Tyler
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Tyler

Yawn……who cares if these vermin exterminate each other? I certainly do not give a rat’s arse if they end up going extinct. I literally hope that the murder rate greatly exceeds their birth rate. We should soon then not have to deal with this low class scum.
And frankly, black, white, brown, yellow, red…….I do not care. Kill each other into extinction, PLEASE! You want to be criminal scum then go for it……and kill each other ASAP.

japoa
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If ” Black lives ” really mattered , they wouldn’t be killing each other . I guess that falls under the ” post birth abortion ” file .
As to the 3 causes :……………………………………..
1)……..Don’t go where you are not wanted , makes sense to me
2)……..only a real jerk would pull this excuse out of his/her/l.b.g.t. ass !
3)……..makes more sense , compared to the other two .
To Doc , do the countdown in days , hours , mins , sec. to the departure of the idiot .

TrailDust
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TrailDust

Morons elected this moron. There may be no cure for Baltimore. At a certain level of immorality, democracy breaks down into mob rule. This is the reason one of the founders said that America’s new Constitution was only for a godly nation, and unsuitable for a wicked people. This also seems to explain why the muslim nations become more unstable with democratic government, but become stable under dictatorship.

chemtrailssuck
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They’re going to turn Baltimore into another Detroit. Baltimore was pretty bad already anyway. I went there to try and get into a med research study, and the girl I was with had grown up there, she said that the place we were going through during the day, you would NOT want to be caught there at night. It’s a cess pool turning into a deeper cess pool.

MeThePeople
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MeThePeople

So Baltimore has both an
inner harbor where you can get a $20 hamburger,
and an inner city where you can get a $20 pistol?

Heather
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Heather

The poverty pimps just want to keep em on the plantation….and most are too greedy to get a handout that they stay there for the rest of their lives.
Obama just wants your guns so people won’t be murdered by all these crazy home grown terrorists. If they get them every city will look like this mad max Baltimore.

MeThePeople
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MeThePeople

So how come the Feds don’t surround South Chicago and search and confiscate the (illegal) guns?