As Violence Soars and Arrests Plunge, Baltimore Residents Want Police Back
There were nearly 40 homicide victims in the month of May alone, the city’s deadliest in 15 years, many from the section of Baltimore most hit by the riots in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray on April 19th. And the hot, tumultuous days of summer have yet to arrive.
But arrests are plunging; police are booking fewer than half the number of people they pulled off the streets last year.
Residents are barricading their doors, afraid to go outside. Gun shots through windows are common. Gone are the days when people sat outside communing with their neighbors, children playing on the streets.
Residents complain they’ve been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them.
Said 34 year old Donnail “Dreads” Lee,
“Before it was over-policing. Now there’s no police. People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren’t pulling them up like they used to.”
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts insists his officers “are not holding back,” despite encountering dangerous hostility in the Western District. Officers are routinely surrounded by 30-50 people any time they show up.
He said, ““What is happening, there is a lot of levels of confusion in the police organization. There are people who have pain, who are hurt, they’re frustrated and angry. There are people, and they’ve said this to me, `If I get out of my car and make a stop for a reasonable suspicion that leads to probable cause but I make a mistake on it, will I be arrested?’ They pull up to a scene and another officer has done something that they don’t know, it may be illegal, will they be arrested for it? Those are things they are asking.”
The moral of this story is be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it.
So what was the mayor’s reaction? Did she give some rousing speeches to reunite the residents or make efforts to restore the harmony in her city? No she did not. Instead, she participated in a program that is importing Islamic refugees into Baltimore.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is working with the Islamist “charity” group, Islamic Relief USA, which helps immigrants and refugees find promising opportunities as instruments of economic and community growth in Baltimore. She recognized the successes of this program at a local film screening this past Wednesday. She congratulated prospective home buyers and urged non-profits to continue supporting this work.
In Next City’s film “Building Resilience in Baltimore through Immigration,” immigrants are portrayed as key actors in societal change.
Naturally like most Muslim groups, this group has links to terrorism. Sheikh Omar Shahin identified himself as IRUSA’s Public Relations Director in 2010 and a bio stated he held the position in 2007. Shahin raised money for the Holy Land Foundation and also held a position with KindHearts, both charities shut down for funding Hamas. He also hosted events by the Islamic Association for Palestine, a Hamas-tied group that is now defunct.
In 2002, Shahin preached: “Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him said: ‘You will keep on fighting with the Jews until the fight reaches the east of Jordan river then the stones and trees will say: oh Muslim, oh (servant) slaves of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him…’”
We know there’s no way of screening all these people, so there’s a huge possibility that we’re bringing in the very people who will see to our demise. Thousands of people are being scattered in towns across America – people who hate us and are our enemy. They’ve sworn to fight until Islam is all that’s left in the world.
Instead of seeing those burned out businesses rebuilt in Baltimore, we’ll see buildings converted into mosques and halal markets. Then we’ll start to see the muslims’ demands on law enforcement to make special allowances for their own laws, and before you know it, Baltimore will be the next Dearbornistan.
If the Baltimore cops think they have problems now, just wait six months.