What Does Baltimore Need? How About … Less Murder?

In reality, Baltimore’s big new problem is that Black Lives Matter won a political victory over the Baltimore Police Department in its Freddie Gray Riot of 4/27/2015 and the subsequent prosecution of six cops (none of them found guilty, of course). This launched a massive Ferguson Effect, which is visible simply in Baltimore’s annual murder tolls:

2010 223
2011 196
2012 219
2013 235
2014 211
2015 344 (Freddie Gray riot 4/27/15)
2016 318
2017 343
2018 309

Just getting Baltimore’s murder numbers down from the recent average of ~325 per year to the old normal of ~215 per year would be a huge improvement.


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