It seems that Baltimore, Maryland of 2015, is taking an infamous history lesson from the past and mimicking Dodge City, Kansas of the 1870’s, where gunfights in the streets of Dodge became a daily occurrence, so much so that the local papers began referring to the city as  "Wicked Dodge."

Fast forward to 2015 and one would think that the lawless frontier of the past has somehow reemerged in Baltimore, which has recorded its deadliest month in more than 40-years.

The 43 killings in May surpassed the 42 homicides the city saw in August 1990, and left Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending police and her administration.

Speaking recently at an event in honor of a 3-year old killed by a stray bullet  the mayor acknowledged that it’s time to stop pointing fingers at one another "We have to do better," the mayor said. "We have to want more."

Baltimore's homicide rate per 100,000 population in May was 6.1%,  topping the rates in the early 1970s.

However although the mayor attempted to reach a consolatory tone, the fact remains that the mayors conduct and lack of leadership during the riots and her inability to support her police department has given rise in part to the skyrocketing murder rate that now grips the city. Through the first half of May, police made only 828 arrests,  fewer than half the 1909 made during the same time last year.

The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police said on Thursday that Baltimore’s recent rise in crime is linked to fear among police officers that they will be arrested for doing their jobs.

“The criminals are taking advantage of the situation in Baltimore since the unrest. Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty,” union president Lieutenant Gene Ryan said in a statement.

h/t: Baltimore Sun


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