Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake Claims Ignorance on Rise in City Violence

Yesterday, actresses were on my “dumbest people on the planet” list. Today, it’s mayors. Specifically the mayor of Baltimore city, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The whole world knows about what happened on her watch back in April with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, an idiot with too many priors for me to bother listing. He threw himself around the back of a police van and ended up severing his spine, causing his ultimate, untimely but otherwise unimportant demise.

I’m sorry, but I don’t shed tears when a career criminal gets himself killed. Like those biker morons out in Waco? Seems to me like the world is a better place without them anyway.

Clearly, some people disagree with me. They want this world swarming with such charming people as Freddie Gray. So much so that they’ll march for his “rights” and demand “justice” for his death at the expense of those paid to protect us. And they’ll cheer and party when the six police officers who saw him last are put on unpaid leave on pending murder charges.

Either they don’t know or don’t care that, when you give criminals priority over cops, you get a law enforcement community that isn’t willing to do its job.

Hence the reason why CBS Baltimore is now reporting “a dramatic increase in violence in Baltimore. Dozens of shooting and murders in the last few weeks following the riots last month.” There’ve been 96 homicides in the city so far this year, up almost a third from the first five months of 2014.

The fact that there were that many murders last year proves this city is a dangerous beat. Police officers could already lose their lives in the line of duty… And now they’re being told they could also lose their careers, their reputations and their freedom.

If I were in law enforcement, I know I’d find that to be a less-than motivational message.

Not so fast though, says Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “People have said it’s because morale is down, or it’s because the officers were charged. We don’t know that.”

And she’s right there. We don’t know that.

We also don’t know the sun will rise tomorrow. Or that two plus two equals four. Or that the kind of liberalism running rampant in Baltimore doesn’t work.

But by unplugging our heads from the sand, we can look at the right-in-our-face facts and come to a logical conclusion nonetheless. That’s what a good leader and intelligent populace would do.

Shame Baltimore doesn’t have much in the way of either.

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