This May is already Baltimore’s deadliest month since 1999 — and it isn’t even over yet. Crime is up nearly 40 percent over this time last year. Twenty-seven people were shot over the three-day Memorial Day weekend alone. So what exactly is going on?
Certainly, the city has been destabilized by the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent protests, unrest, and violence. There’s also some cause to wonder whether Baltimore police are deliberately staging a work slowdown, as the NYPD did in reaction to protests condemning the death of Eric Garner. (The NYPD slowdown didn’t exactly work as planned.)
Baltimore’s Police Chief told CNN there was no slowdown, and instead blamed the low rate of arrests on poor morale.
Community members organized a walk for peace over the weekend in response to the recent violence.