If there’s any truth to a new report published in USA Today, which makes the case that police in Baltimore “suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime” after the Freddie Gray riots, we would have to put it in a big filing cabinet marked: WHAT THE HELL DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN? Because we knew this would be the inevitable result of the anti-police sentiment drummed up by black activist groups, Democrats, and the media from the moment the you-know-what hit the fan in Ferguson. You can’t turn police into the villains in your little racial morality play and then expect them to come clean up your crap!
From USA Today:
Police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers on street corners. They encountered fewer people who had open arrest warrants.
Police questioned fewer people on the street. They stopped fewer cars.
In the space of just a few days in spring 2015 – as Baltimore faced a wave of rioting after Freddie Gray, a black man, died from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van – officers in nearly every part of the city appeared to turn a blind eye to everyday violations. They still answered calls for help. But the number of potential violations they reported seeing themselves dropped by nearly half. It has largely stayed that way ever since.
“What officers are doing is they’re just driving looking forward. They’ve got horse blinders on,” says Kevin Forrester, a retired Baltimore detective.
As the paper points out, this sudden lack of interested police has contributed to making Baltimore one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. 342 people were killed on the city’s streets last year. The city – already crime-ridden by any reasonable estimate – has now become a virtual wasteland of murder, drugs, and other victimizations. Police will come when they’re called, but are they going to go out of their way to guard the very citizens who turned against them in 2015? Perhaps not.
And if they don’t, who can honestly blame them?