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Crime Surging in Baltimore

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by Mr. Clutch, May 25, 2015.

  1. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Contributing Member

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    There's gotta be a balance between police brutality and letting crime get out of hand.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-ci-shootings-20150524-story.html

    18 shot this weekend in Baltimore

    By Colin Campbell
    The Baltimore Sun

    Memorial Day Weekend violence continues in Baltimore with six Sunday shootings.

    Sunday violence includes two double shootings.

    A pair of gray-and-white New Balance tennis shoes lay next to a pool of blood on a street in East Baltimore Sunday afternoon, remnants of a double shooting in the same block where a 21-year-old was shot in the shoulder Friday.

    It was the first of two double shootings in the city Sunday.

    Another two people were shot, one of them fatally, in separate incidents on Sunday among at least 18 shootings over Memorial Day weekend, during a particularly alarming spate of gun violence.

    Thirty-three people have been killed so far in May, the first time the city has had 30 homicides in a month since June 2007. No month in the last 15 years has had more than 33 killings.

    The recent shootings prompted a march for peace from West Baltimore to City Hall Saturday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and his command staff for two hours Sunday to discuss "adjustments" the department is making, said Howard Libit, a spokesman for the mayor. The Police Department did not respond to a request for comment Sunday night.

    One man was shot in the head, and the other in the arm, in the double shooting just before 4 p.m. in the 2300 block of E. Preston St. in Broadway East, police said. The men were not identified, and neither man's condition was released.

    Petting his Jack Russell Terrier and sipping a beer on his steps around the corner, Antonio Coleman, 52, said he grew up with one of the victim's fathers. He called him a "good kid" who "did not deserve that."

    Baltimore's mayor: Spike in crime 'disheartening'

    "He ain't into no drugs, no gangs, none of that," Coleman said.

    Crime scene tape flapped in the breeze, tied to the door of J&R Deli and Grocery on the corner of Preston Street and Patterson Park Avenue.

    Jose Guzman, the owner, rang up a pack of cigarettes for the store's sole customer and said detectives had come in to ask him if he'd heard the gunshots. He told them he hadn't.

    "It kills a lot of business," he said.
     
  2. Sweet Lou 4 2

    Sweet Lou 4 2 Contributing Member
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    So you are assuming that this is somehow a result of the police holding back from severing people's spines?
     
  3. Mr. Clutch

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    Is that your only guess?
     
  4. Sweet Lou 4 2

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    Just out with it, what are you really trying to say here.
     
  5. Mr. Clutch

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    There's gotta be a balance between police brutality and letting crime get out of hand.
     
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    So it's ok for the Police to kick and punch and maim, to intimidate innocent people and act like thugs?

    That's the solution to lowering the murder rate?


    Or do you think this is the police's way of sticking it to the city and showing them they are needed?
     
  7. Mr. Clutch

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    Not sure if you know how to read at this point.

    I'm saying there's a better way than the two extremes you outlined.
     
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    No, you said a better balance between the two extremes and not a better way.

    But what is your idea for a better way... Capitalism...??? Lol.
     
  9. Sweet Lou 4 2

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    I don't think you understand what police brutality is even.
     
  10. Mr. Clutch

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    Seriously, what is the difference.
     
  11. Mr. Clutch

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    I'm interested in seeing the adjustments they will make.

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and his command staff for two hours Sunday to discuss "adjustments" the department is making, said Howard Libit, a spokesman for the mayor.
     
  12. Mr. Clutch

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    Certain folks are furiously trying to change the subject.
     
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    I am just curious as to what you mean by balance and acceptable police brutality and how that impacts crime. You aren't saying much and being very vague.
     
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    I thought thug was a racist term nowadays. What do you mean by thug?
     
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    You are advocating for police brutality as a means to prevent crime. What do you mean by that? I mean to me that's a very eye-brow raising and alarming claim.

    I don't think asking for clarity on what sort of police brutality is a good thing is an unreasonable request.
     
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    Maybe letting crime get out of hand in Baltimore is the best thing that could happen. Pull back and let them lower the population by killing each other off and by the time you re-engage there will be fewer criminals to police.....and best of all, no police brutality!
     
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    Yeah, show them black people what happens when the cops decide to not to their jobs because they can't be thugs.
     
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    Waiting for the riots to come because police didn't do more to stop crime.
     
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    Why would you think I was only talking about black people? In your mind are all criminals black? That's certainly not reality.
     
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    I think the first time I saw the word Thuggee it was in MS-DOS Carmen Sandiego or a Choose Your Own Adventure book.
     

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