With violence continuing to spiral in Baltimore and no end in sight, a police officer in the city told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday the department has essentially given up on efforts to get ahead of the problem.
Over Memorial Day weekend “Charm City” saw 32 reported shootings, with nine fatalities. Baltimore is now experiencing its deadliest month since 1999, and the ongoing anti-police rhetoric coming from city government is having a real-world impact on the police department, the anonymous officer told Hannity.
“After the protests, it seems like the citizens would appreciate a lack of police presence, and that’s exactly what they’re getting,” the cop said. “No proactive policing right now.”
It’s not hard to see why. As the political environment makes their job an increasingly political endeavor, rank and file cops aren’t convinced their superiors will back them up.
“When you go out into the street, you trust that your command staff and those you work with will support you,” the officer explained. “The tip of the spear needs the most assurance that your department, your citizens, your mayor and city council have your back.”
Those assurances don’t seem to be present. The result has been a police force reluctant to do its job, and a criminal element that feels it has license to wreak havoc.
Liberal activists, however, don’t see it quite the same way. Adam Jackson, an activist and CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, told Hannity the wave of violence is the result of “structural racism and white supremacy.”
Claiming that media coverage of the riots, looting, and murders have been “mired with racist subterfuge,” Jackson insisted the violence has stemmed from the racist tendencies of Baltimore’s policing system. Ranting against targets from the media to city officials, Jackson managed to cast blame on pretty much everyone … except the rioters, looters, and criminals.
Hannity asked the obvious follow up question bluntly: “Are you saying that this is all related to racism?”
Like most race-obsessed liberal activists, Jackson refused to directly answer the question. But he certainly seemed focused on making sure viewers knew that the criminals were merely the victims of a fundamentally racist world.
Baltimore’s descent into chaos isn’t the result of the media coverage being “mired with racist subterfuge,” or an inherently racist America. It’s the result of people like Jackson giving license to rioters and looters in the interest of promoting a culture of victimhood.
As the job of policing continues to be politicized by the left, Baltimore is likely to see far more violence over the course of the summer. While most of America would consider the city’s tumult a tragedy, liberal activists such as Adam Jackson appear to see it as a recruiting opportunity.
Never let a crisis go to waste, right?