Baltimore has become a sort of Chicago II with a murder rate equal to that of Venezuela. The Democrat controlled-city set a new record of killings per capita with 343 homicides in 2017. The Baltimore Sun calculated the rate to be 55.8 murders per 100,000 people.
Residents believe a relaxed police presence is to blame for this increase, according to NPR:
For the third year in a row, Baltimore, Md., has had more than 300 murders, reaching a new record of murders per number of residents in 2017.
Some residents attribute the high murder rate to relaxed police patrols in the city following high-profile cases of police brutality. Officers have backed off in neighborhoods, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested.
Gray’s case brought mobs of Black Lives Matter terrorists to the city as well as the Obama administration’s Justice Department which instructed police officers in new approaches to criminal justice. But that has severely backfired as officers have backed off keeping law and order so as to not be accused of police brutality.
Now, the city is dealing with the unintended aftermath of such drastic measures being taken.
“We wanted the police there. We wanted them engaged in the community,” Baltimore Pastor Kinji Scott said. “We didn't want them beating the hell out of us, we didn't want that."
"We need the front line police officers and we need the heart of the black community to step to the forefront of this discussion," the reverend added. "And that's when we're going to see a decrease in crime."
Unfortunately, the city is left to deal with Obama’s legacy into 2018 which has already recorded it’s first murder victims. WJZ reported two homicides in less than 16 hours into the new year. One victim was shot in the neck and another in the head and torso as he sat in a car.
"What we have seen is that the police has distanced themselves, and the community has distanced themselves even further. So the divide has really intensified, it hasn't decreased," said Scott.
You can thank one of the most divisive presidents in history for that, pastor.