Crime rates are skyrocketing in cities across the country in the fallout from radical liberals’ “Defund the Police” movement and in Baltimore, Maryland, where the shortage of law enforcement has become unendurable, tax payers may be left to foot the bill for the city’s negligence.
The Baltimore Police Department has requested federal officers be sent to the city to help combat the uptick violent crime.
“The ask is for federal agents to come help us. Certainly, police officers will answer citizens calls for service. But I think what the bigger picture meant is federal agents will be on the streets of Baltimore. Not specifically patrolling, but on the streets helping, working side by side with police officers to help fight violent crime,” Baltimore police Commissioner Michael Harrison said according to WBAL-TV.
The police department is planning to request 100 federal agents under the proposal announced Thursday. They are reportedly short 392 officers and 14 detectives according to court testimony. The federal agencies have not yet agreed to the plan.
If the feds approve, officers from ATF and the U.S. Marshall’s Office would likely be relocated to assist city patrol officers.
The city will also be introducing a new violence reduction project that will be employed in three phases.
Not everyone is on board with the new plans.
“They are just dotting T’s and crossing I’s. I don’t think real reform is happening. It’s too slow and I think people are beginning to question the efficacy of doing this,” Defense attorney state Sen. Jill Carter told WBAL in regard to the Baltimore PD.
The city is on track to hit 300 homicides for the seventh year in a row and is expected to have more than 1,000 shootings by year’s end according to WBZ 13.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he was “very concerned” about the increase in violent crimes and hit Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott for his part in the crisis.
“So, number one, we have to get tougher laws. Number two, we can’t defund the police, which is the Mayor’s plan, we have to invest more in our police, and number three, we have to have a prosecutor that’s willing to prosecute crimes,” Hogan said.
Last year, the Baltimore City Council approved more than $22 million in cuts to the Baltimore police department, caving to the woke calls to defund the police. A spokesman for the mayor at the time confirmed that he was going to approve the budget cuts.
Twitter users aired their frustration over the consequences of these shortsighted, political decisions:
Why do us taxpayers have to pay for federal help to Baltimore when they voted to DEFUND the police? I say no! Decisions have consequences. Fund your police and fix your own damn problems.
— Rose (@Rose73357302) July 24, 2021
Thought you wanted to CUT the number of officers–oh, you just meant the ones YOU pay for.
— Jim McMahon (@Jim_McMahon1) July 24, 2021
The obvious goal of defund the police is to get federal ‘police’ in and kill local control and transfer the power to the federal bureaucracy.
— Jeff Sparks (@jeffsparks58) July 25, 2021
Where are all the social workers that the police funds went to. Send them out on calls for service.
— Larry s (@Larry38224999) July 24, 2021
What happened to Defund the police???
— Your Insurance Guy In Arkansas (@Pryorro27) July 24, 2021
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