woodsmen saidNot sure I said the police is the whole problem in Baltimore, Bob.Here's what you said. You mentioned no other possible "problems" but the police.
woodsmen saidI think the problem is the police over zealous action towards the Black community.
woodsmen saidBut let us explore that logic of yours deeper. It seems to me the evidence you show points to the fact that police in Baltimore is ineffectual to slow crime in that city while inflicting pain on the Black community.
Start here and see three small charts comparing crime rates of Baltimore to the entire state of Maryland. It may help you grasp the enormity of the real issue.. which isn't caused by the police.http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/md/baltimore/crime/
My point was and still is the biased manner of over simplification too many people are using to point fingers in the Baltimore riot. The problems were many and not simple.
As tragic as the death of Freddie Gray was, it does not accurately portray police efforts to combat crime in Baltimore. if it did there would have been many deaths at the hands of police before Freddie Gray and the protests would have been more universal and spontaneous.
By calling the police ineffectual are you referring to them being unable to wholly eliminate crime? They were bringing down crimes rates until 2013. At no apparent fault of the police efforts, crime rates inexplicably began to dramatically increase in that year. Because of that increase in crime in a city with an already alarming crime rate police naturally responded to combat it. They didn't respond to it as if they were in Mayberry to break up a pecan pie recipe plagiarizing ring. Would anyone have expected them to do different? You referred to the problem as being "the police over zealous action towards the Black community." The you cite a nonexistent "fact that police in Baltimore (are) ineffectual to slow crime in that city while inflicting pain on the Black community."
Blacks comprise almost 70% of the population of that city, Over 90% of the black victims of crimes in Baltimore are victims of black criminals. Over 89% of all crimes in Baltimore are committed by blacks. Any inconvenience police cause the population of Baltimore doesn't come close to the effects of of the city's criminals. By and large the majority of blacks in Baltimore understand that and have a greater appreciation for the police than is portrayed in the media. Tuesday police lines were protected by human shield lines of black citizens.
Taking these figures into consideration along with your words "I think the problem is the police over zealous action towards the Black community" - the obvious question for you to answer is exactly where should the police focus to combat crime they should not focus where the overwhelming majority of crime originates and occurs?
The mobs of rioters, looters, arsonists on Monday were comprised in no small part of school children as young as thirteen. Parents not controlling/supervising their own children was no small part of the problem in Baltimore.From wikipedia:❝
In 2011, Baltimore police reported 196 homicides, the lowest number of slayings since recording 197 homicides in 1978. That number is far lower than the peak homicide count of 353 slayings in 1993. The drop in 2011 was significant, but the homicide rate was in the same range as the late 1980s when the city had another 130,000 residents. City leaders credited their sustained focus on repeat violent offenders and an increased community engagement for the continued drop, reflecting a nationwide decline in crime.
However, Baltimore's decline was short-lived, as a reported 219 and 235 homicides were committed in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Baltimore's jump in homicides in 2013 defied regional and national trends.
Baltimore's level of violent crime is much higher than the national average. In 2009, a total of 1,318,398 violent crimes were reported nationwide across the United States, equivalent to a rate of 0.4 incidents per 100 people ❞http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Baltimore