Remember a few months back when Trump criticized the city of Baltimore and Democrats and the media freaked out?
Maybe Trump had a point they were missing.
There is clearly a problem in the city and it shows in their frighteningly high murder rate.
From WTOP News:
Baltimore breaks city record for killings per capita in 2019
Baltimore broke its annual per capita homicide record after reaching 342 killings Friday.
With just over 600,000 residents, the city hit a historically high homicide rate of about 57 per 100,000 people after recent relentless gunfire saw eight people shot — three fatally — in one day and nine others — one fatally — another day.
The new rate eclipses that of 1993, when the city had a record 353 killings but was much more populous before years of population exodus.
By contrast, New York City, with more than 8 million residents, had 306 homicides through Dec. 15.
The total is up from 309 in 2018 and matches the 342 killings tallied in 2017 and 2015, the year when the city’s homicide rate suddenly spiked.
A statement from Baltimore police said officers were dispatched late Thursday night to a location on Pratt Street, where they found a man with gunshot wounds. A police spokesman said the man died from his wounds at a local hospital early Friday.
This is the fifth year in a row that Baltimore has reported more than 300 killings.
It’s truly sad that this is happening in a once great American city.
Hot Air has more on this:
The reason the press is bringing up the per capita murder rate is that Charm City has already broken the record by that metric. The city has been losing population every year for a couple of decades, so that rate stands at 57 killings for every 100,000 people.
Compare that to New York City where they have recorded 306 murders. That works out to a per capita rate of fewer than 4 murders per 100,000 people. In other words, the per capita murder rate in Baltimore is literally 15 times higher than it is in New York City.
You would literally be safer walking around the streets of Baghdad.
Despite the failed promises from City Hall and the Police Commissioner, some residents of Baltimore have been trying to help. Mothers who have lost children have worked with church leaders to organize “ceasefire weekends” and that’s managed to work a couple of times. But a couple of three-day stretches with no killings is sadly only a drop in the bucket.
One thing is clear.
Baltimore needs new leadership.