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Old 07-12-2018, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.

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BALTIMORE – Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation’s deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime.

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.

The surge of shootings and killings that followed has left Baltimore easily the deadliest large city in the United States. Its murder rate reached an all-time high last year; 342 people were killed. The number of shootings in some neighborhoods has more than tripled. One man was shot to death steps from a police station. Another was killed driving in a funeral procession.
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Sounds like Hamsterdam!
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:57 PM   #5
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Sounds like a Blue Flu where the cops decided to just let the city burn.
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So because your collegues killed a man by improperly transporting him (slamming him around a metal van, breaking his spine) and they got indicted, you let the city burn.

Looks like it's time to clean house of that police department and start recruiting from the local community.
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So because your collegues killed a man by improperly transporting him (slamming him around a metal van, breaking his spine) and they got indicted, you let the city burn.

Looks like it's time to clean house of that police department and start recruiting from the local community.
Yeah, it's been long since time with that department.
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:23 AM   #8
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It could get tougher and tougher to find good cops.
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