Baltimore to FBI: Save us from ourselves!


Mayor Asking FBI For Help With Investigating City Crime, Rising Murder Rate
April 28, 2017 11:32 PM

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s mayor is asking for help from the FBI as the city struggles to contain a soaring murder rate. But will bringing in the feds stop the killings?

Catherine Pugh pulled no punches earlier this week when she said the violence is out of control.

“I’m calling on all the assistance we can possibly get because I can’t imagine going into our summer months with our crime rate where it is today, what that’s going to look like by the end of the summer,” Mayor Pugh said. “… Murder is out of control.”

Some people are skeptical that the FBI will be able to help matters.

Violence has reached a crisis level, with the number of killings shattering a 20-year high this early in the year.

But WJZ has learned Mayor Pugh wants both manpower and technology from the FBI.

She met with the special agent in charge of the Baltimore division of the FBI, but wouldn’t provide specifics. She says they’ll come out next week, and the FBI isn’t talking.

WJZ spoke to public safety expert Rob Weinhold, who isn’t sure the FBI alone will be effective.

“I don’t think relying on federal resources is a new strategy at all, in fact, I think the devil is in the detail. You can talk about the FBI and that’s fine, but I’d actually like to see more emphasis on drug enforcement administration, ATF, and the Marshall service to get these folks who are wanted on warrants off the street,” says Weinhold.

The Bureau has 56 field offices nationwide and provides assistance in gang and drug cases.

President Trump has advocated sending in feds to stem violence in Chicago and other cities.

The FBI helped during another crisis-point Baltimore: the riots, using a video-equipped surveillance plane to monitor lawbreakers, alarming privacy advocates.

As WJZ reported this week, the feds also worked with city police to take down a street gang, arresting the member accused of murdering three-year-old McKenzie Elliott.

“If we support these police officers, who are out there working for the community every day, we’re going to be able to turn the tide,” says former U.S. Attorney for Maryland, now U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The question remains: will more FBI help effectively stop the bloodshed? The mayor believes she doesn’t have time to wait.

“We are looking for all the help that we can get,” she says.

There have been other plans like this before, including the “War Room” effort, whether this effort will be anything new and different will be revealed in coming weeks.

This week, Baltimore reached a grim milestone: 100 murders before the end of April. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1998.

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http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/04/28/mayor-asking-fbi-for-help/

Meanwhile, 2 years ago:



Sheriff: ‘I Was Sick To My Stomach’ After Being Told To Stand Down
April 30, 2015 9:30 AM

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But what shocked him the most, he said, was when city police told him not to confront and accost the rioters.

“I was sick to my stomach like everybody else. … This was urban warfare, no question about it. They were coming in absolutely beaten down. The [city officers] got out of their vehicles, thanked us profusely for being there, apologized to us for having to be there. They said we could have handled this, we were very capable of handling this, but we were told to stand down, repeatedly told to stand down,” he said. “I had never heard that order come from anyone — we went right out to our posts as soon as we got there, so I never heard the mayor say that. But repeatedly these guys, and there were many high-ranking officials from the Baltimore City Police Department … and these guys told me they were essentially neutered from the start. They were spayed from the start. They were told to stand down, you will not take any action, let them destroy property. I couldn’t believe it, I’m a 31-year veteran of law enforcement. … I had never heard anything like this before in my life and these guys obviously aren’t gonna speak out and the more I thought about this, … I had to say a few things. I apologize if I’ve upset people, but I believe in saying it like it is.”

Lewis said though he didn’t hear the order to stand down come from the mayor, he did hear it from police officials.

“I heard it myself over the Baltimore City police radio that I had tethered to my body-armor vest, I heard it repeatedly. ‘Stand down, stand down, stand down! Back up, back up, retreat, retreat!’ I couldn’t believe those words. Those are words I’ve never heard in my law enforcement vocabulary,” he said. “Baltimore City police, all law enforcement agencies are very capable of handling that city. They’re trained to handle that city. These guys were hearing words that had never been echoed in their lives, in their careers.”

Lewis claims after the riots many officers told him they were done being cops in the city and how heartbroken they are that they were not allowed to defend their city and stop businesses from burning.


http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/04/30/sheriff-michael-lewis-on-the-stand-down-orders-given-to-city-officers/

"We don't have thugs in Baltimore," the mayor said. "They're not thugs, they're just misdirected," the council president said.


In a heated exchange with Erin Burnett on CNN Tuesday night, City Councilman Carl Stokes said you might as well "just call them [n-words]" if you're going to call the city's youth 'thugs."

"We don't have to call them names such as that," he said.


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-thugs-freddie-gray-20150429-story.html

Fuck the people in charge of that city.

Anonymous Baltimore Cops to CNN: Public Asked for ‘Softer’ Police Force, They Got It
by Evan McMurry | 10:48 am, June 10th, 2015

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“Even though you have reasonable suspicion…nine out of 10 times, that officer is going to keep on driving,” one officer said.

Why cops are allowed to do this nobody knows, but the two anonymous officers told CNN that the situation creates a boon for criminals.

“The criminal element feels as though that we’re not going to run the risk of chasing them if they are armed with a gun, and they’re using this opportunity to settle old beefs, or scores, with people that they have conflict with,” the officer said. “I think the public really, really sees that they asked for a softer, less aggressive police department, and we have given them that, and now they are realizing that their way of thinking does not work.”


http://www.mediaite.com/tv/anonymous-baltimore-cops-to-cnn-public-asked-for-softer-police-force-they-got-it/

Altofsky - Fuck the people in charge of that city.

What's the FBI gonna do to stop street crime? 

 

Identity politics has taught me that if the mayor and city council only looked like the people committing the crimes, then the crime would go away, just like it has in Detroit.

So, get rid of the evil, old, white, Republicans who --I assume-- run that city and things will get better. I guarantee it!

The leadership of Baltimore cut the police department off at the knees.  This is what they get in return.

Saltine American -

What's the FBI gonna do to stop street crime? 

Put criminals that have warrants in jail... did you read what he posted? Lol atleast thats what they said..

thanks obama

Baltimore is the Canary in the Coal Mine. It's a good indication of things to come in every city that decides to let the inmates run the asylum.

If you stop enforcing the laws of society because you are afraid of political correctness, then this is what happens.

Think of all of the cities that are just in the beginnings stages of this with their violent protests. Portland? San Diego? Most of California? There are a lot of places on the verge of this.

shen -


 



Identity politics has taught me that if the mayor and city council only looked like the people committing the crimes, then the crime would go away, just like it has in Detroit.



So, get rid of the evil, old, white, Republicans who --I assume-- run that city and things will get better. I guarantee it!

Sadly the people that this lesson (Baltimore) would most benefit either don't want to hear it, or can't understand it. 

sparkyman - Baltimore is the Canary in the Coal Mine. It's a good indication of things to come in every city that decides to let the inmates run the asylum.

If you stop enforcing the laws of society because you are afraid of political correctness, then this is what happens.

Think of all of the cities that are just in the beginnings stages of this with their violent protests. Portland? San Diego? Most of California? There are a lot of places on the verge of this.

LOL at putting San Diego on your list...

DAVID H - 
sparkyman - Baltimore is the Canary in the Coal Mine. It's a good indication of things to come in every city that decides to let the inmates run the asylum.

If you stop enforcing the laws of society because you are afraid of political correctness, then this is what happens.

Think of all of the cities that are just in the beginnings stages of this with their violent protests. Portland? San Diego? Most of California? There are a lot of places on the verge of this.

LOL at putting San Diego on your list...

LOL, I may be off on that, I thought that there were a lot of protests there lately.

Sandy Pantz - 
"We don't have thugs in Baltimore," the mayor said. "They're not thugs, they're just misdirected," the council president said.


In a heated exchange with Erin Burnett on CNN Tuesday night, City Councilman Carl Stokes said you might as well "just call them [n-words]" if you're going to call the city's youth 'thugs."

"We don't have to call them names such as that," he said.


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-thugs-freddie-gray-20150429-story.html

So, they are going to continue to argue over how to call Obama voters property while they kill off each other?

Bring back valchek he'll straighten this out

I talked to a Baltimore law enforcement officer and he said that it takes at least four officers to respond to a domestic disturbance. Two to interview/arrest, one to witness, and one to watch the patrol cars. Police officers in big cities are treated like dirt, so they are trying to stay alive, out of jail, and wait to retirement.

Jpt82 - Bring back valchek he'll straighten this out

lol no they need to get mcnulty out of that uniform and back into the major crimes unit!

Omar coming, Yo!