Between 1994 and 1999 I lived south of Baltimore. I used to drive up to Baltimore to do stuff. It seemed a nice, if typical, east coast city. Attractions here and there. Blight here and there. No different than any similar city on the east coast.
While I was there, my buddy Bruce decided to apply and eventually became a police officer in Baltimore. Whether he is still there or not I don’t know. What I do know is that back then, despite it’s flaws, Baltimore was a pretty inclusive and enjoyable place.
As I understand it, Martin O’Malley as mayor in the 2000’s implemented new policing policies. I was long gone by then but from those still there it seems this is where the confrontational stance between the police and citizenry began.
If it began there, what’s cultivated it into full blown violence. Progressive agendas — it’s worth noting potential Presidential candidate O’Malley’s policing strategy in part of this. Those on the receiving end of Democrat policies who never see the promise materialize in their day to day lives despite their lock step knee jerk support of everything Democrat. And bad cops. Statistics and the Freddie Gray story certainly indicates Baltimore PD isn’t operating the way an American police department should.
Baltimore will burn. It’s already happening. Authority will restore order. It’s forthcoming. Ii is evident though that in Baltimore something’s very wrong. It wasn’t there when I lived near there.