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Thread: Baltimore: Violent demonstrations or Demonstrations against violence and injustice?

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    Default Man Dubbed Baltimore’s ‘No. 1 Trigger Puller’ Found Guilty Of 7 Murders [2]

    Quote Originally Posted by Kilbarry1 View Post
    Baltimore had the worst homicide rate in its history last year - the previous worst rate in its history was 2015 and the intervening year 2016 had seen a small decrease in murders BUT accompanied by a small increase in shootings! (As in a war zone the Baltimore medics were becoming experts at saving the lives of wounded men).

    THIS year however the homicide rate is down by about 20% compared to same period in 2017 - maybe because a high proportion of the worst criminals are now dead, in prison or on the run elsewhere. This is from CBS on 31 October

    Man Dubbed Baltimore’s ‘No. 1 Trigger Puller’ Found Guilty Of 7 Murders
    Man Dubbed Baltimore CBS Baltimore

    He is one of 8 defendants out of what was once a 10 man drugs and murder gang.

    A triumph of police action. But is police action alone enough to cure the ills of Baltimore?
    Is poverty, oppression or racism the cause of the mayhem in Baltimore?

    As per Wikipedia "the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Baltimore is the premier (or first) see of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States". Even today the homicide rate in Ireland is a fraction of that in the USA let alone Baltimore BUT in 2006 the Sunday Tribune published an article that proclaimed that the previous year had seen the highest number of homicides in the history of the Irish State -at least since the aftermath of the Civil War in the early 1920s. This was the middle of the Celtic Tiger era; were poverty and oppression to blame? Well actually a high proportion of Irish homicides were/are related to drugs and gang warfare so there IS a certain similarity to the chaos in Baltimore even if the death toll is a lot lower here.

    Denouncing "oppression" or "racism" doesn't get us very far in trying to analyse the causes of crime and drug addiction either in Ireland or the USA.

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    Default Baltimore had 309 Homicides in 2018 - a Decrease of 10%

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    Baltimore has now had 343 homicides in 2017, sets record for killings per capita - Baltimore Sun

    With two fatal shootings Tuesday night, the recent reclassification of a decades-old shooting as a killing and another homicide Wednesday evening, Baltimore has hit 343 homicides in 2017, and a new record for killings per capita.

    The homicide rate for 2017 is now 55.8 killings per 100,000 people. The previous record was 55.35 per 100,000 in 2015. The city suffered 344 homicides that year, but had thousands more residents. The most homicides to occur in a year was 353 in 1993, but the city had some 100,000 more residents then.....


    Note that the PREVIOUS highest homicide rate was in 2015 - the year of Freddie Gray's death and the "Black Lives Matter" riots that followed. Last year there was a slight decrease in homicides by about 5% BUT the number of shooting actually increased also by about 5%! Baltimore is like a city at war where the army medics become more skillful as the casualties mount up- which probably accounts for the slight fall in DEATHS in 2016. However there is a limit to what doctors alone can achieve as long as the war continues and the Baltimore medics seem to have reached the limit of their harm-reduction capabilities!

    Not a word from the Black Lives Matter people. I wonder why?
    In 2017 Baltimore had the highest rate of homicides in its history and the worst for a city of its size in the USA. Last year 2018 was the FOURTH year in succession that the number of homicides exceeded 300 BUT the number is 10% down from the previous "worst in history" year.

    This MIGHT be an encouraging sign. OTOH it may just be that the worst killers are themselves dead, in jail or fugitives elsewhere! ( If so that's only a temporary solution because obviously a new generation will take their place.)

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    American justice is swift and brutal even if the supposed crime never happened. They should put Padgett on trial.

    Groveland Four pardoned in Florida, 70 years after white woman accused them of rape - The Washington Post

    ‘Miscarriage of justice’: Florida finally pardons four black men accused of rape in 1949
    Four seconds to midnight

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