Ever since the Freddie Gray protests and looting that went on during them, the crime rate in Baltimore has spiked tremendously. There has been 42 murders in the month of May alone, the deadliest since ’72.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is asking for help to regain peace to his city — and blames the fact that at least 27 pharmacies and drug clinics were stolen from on the crime. He went on to say more than 175,000 units of drugs are now on the street and claims
“That’s enough narcotics on the streets of Baltimore to keep it intoxicated for a year. That amount of drugs has thrown off the balance on the streets of Baltimore.”
According to authorities not all pharmacies have accounted for all the missing product and so the number is much higher. Included in the missing drugs was fentanyl, Oxycodone, amphetamines, Adderall, hydrocodone, morphine and Tramadol. Authorities claim there are a ton of turf wars happening over these drugs leading to violence.
On the other hand, City Council member Carl Stokes said that it’s not so simple to entirely blame the high homicide rate on drug looting. Members of the Bloods gang told CNN they are being blamed for violence and claimed the police are just trying to “take the fire and heat off of them.” Stokes went on to say the problem is more confusing, and
“There’s more opportunity for the criminals in this city to do what they’re doing because leadership is failing and, frankly, because the Fraternal Order of Police — if they didn’t order it they have given some, again, not an order, but to say to their rank and file you don’t have to work as hard as you should be working, you don’t have to live up to your oath to serve and protect. … I think we have a horrible situation going on in this town.”
So, what do you guys think? Is looting to blame for the high crime rate or is it a bit more complicated than that?