Thursday morning marked 100 murders in Baltimore in 2015, after 39 killings in the last 30 days. The Baltimore Sun noted that the city hasn’t logged 100 murders by late May since 2007.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has called the murder rate “disheartening” and “frustrating.” Still, she’s expressed faith in police to slow the trend.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has assured the public that the police haven’t been “holding back” in the weeks following the protests (and charges against polices officers) over the death of Freddie Gray. Batts said that officers who respond to a call in the Western District have “30 to 50 people surrounding them,” requiring the department to “sendout multiple units at any time they’re just doing basic police work in the Western right now.”
The Daily Beast published two graphs that show a steep decline in arrests, particularly in the Western District, where, compared to this time last year, homicides have increased by 200 percent, non-fatal shootings by 800 percent, and robberies by 100 to 300 percent. According to the graph, in the week just before Gray was arrested, there were more than 60 arrests in the Western District. In the week of May 7 – 13 (the most recent week with available data), there were fewer than 15.
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