Thursday, July 5, 2007

July 5

According to "Murder Ink," the death of Philip Airey (the man who was killed and stuffed in the trunk of a burning car) has been added to the city's murder toll because, "Maryland State Police contacted Baltimore police and told them that they had evidence that the murder actually occurred in a building in the 4800 block of Pennington Avenue in Curtis Bay, making it a Baltimore City homicide." There were also updates on several homicides, including several cases that were closed.

A man in West Baltimore got shot in the leg after he cut a cop's face.

An Essex woman who was partying in Fells Point was paralyzed after she was shot in the neck by some people with whom she and/or her friends were arguing. WBAL doesn't report what day the shooting occurred, but they do tell us that "police are looking for black men in connection with the shooting."

A man died yesterday after being the victim of a hit-and-run in Dundalk.

Two people were shot early this morning in a parking garage just west of the main library and north of Lexington Market.

An 18-year-old was arrested in Ellicott City after police found a bomb in his car.

Sumathi Reddy and John Fritze at the Sun profile a few of your City Council candidates, those of us who are brave/crazy/driven enough to want a job that "is far from glamorous, (and has) had less and less influence in recent decades over citywide problems such as crime and education. Like the Maryland General Assembly, the council has virtually no power over the budget, and many members spend significant effort on nonbinding resolutions."


John Galt said...

My, my, how folks in this town are confused. Mayor Dixon says she wants to get at violent crime through wraparound services. The writer of a letter to the editor seeks funding for a 'crime-prevention strategy', which turns out to be a football team ??!!

Guys, football is a great thing. And I think it might make for a wonderful recreational amenity. But it is not a crime-prevention program.

By that standard, we could take funds in the police budget and pay junkies to go to the track and learn a new addiction, because it gets them off the street.

Hint: none of these people belong 'on the street'. It's only there as a means of entry/egress to get to and from: home, work, school, shopping, etc. The Street is not a place to stay for any significant continuous period of time.

Go into your home. Into your workplace. Into a rec center for all I care, but it is not incumbent upon the City to pay young males to induce them to get off of a street where they do not belong.

One of the purposes of zero tolerance in deterring the loitering is to incentivize finding something legitimate to do inside, but let's not imagine that 'hangin' on the corner' is a valid default activity.

taotechuck said...

Galt, I enjoy your rants as much as anyone, but sometimes I think you're so caught up in your views that you fail to see the entire picture.

Yeah, a police department that is properly staffed and has the tools to investigate crime, arrest offenders, and participate in preventive policing is essential. So is a SAO that prosecutes crimes, and a court system that hands out meaningful sentences.

But football teams and churches and all the other feel-good programs are a big part, too. If a recreational amenity is looking after 160 kids for 20 hours per week, that's a damned good thing, and it's something we need more of.

Does it replace good policing? No. But programs like this -- when they are properly run -- should reduce the strain on the police department. (Much in the same way responsible parenting should reduce the strain on the PD.)