African-American residents of Baltimore, Maryland are now learning the wisdom of “be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it.”
In the aftermath of the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in the spring of 2015, riots and mayhem were instigated by Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists who insisted that police be pulled from their neighborhoods. Now, they’re blaming the lower police presence for the city’s soaring murder rate.
The riots and complaints about police brutality caused city officials to plan a lighter police footprint in Baltimore, but now, black leaders in the crime-ridden city are blaming cops for the spiraling murder rate. They say that it’s the fault of leaders in city hall for leaving neighborhoods unprotected.
“We wanted the police there,” the Rev. Kinji Scott, a Baltimore activist, insisted. “We wanted them engaged in the community. We didn’t want them beating the hell out of us, we didn’t want that.”
Scott, along with others, now wants the city to bring police back in as a deterrent to the soaring crime rate.
In an interview with NPR, Scott claimed that only the progressive activists wanted the police to be eliminated.
“That represented our progressives, our activists, our liberal journalists, our politicians, but it did not represent the overall community,” said Scott, noting, “Because we know for a fact that around the time Freddie Gray was killed, we start to see homicides increase. We had five homicides in that neighborhood while we were protesting.”
Scott introduced a kinder, gentler narrative, where “people would be able to trust the relationship with our police department so that they would feel more comfortable. We’d have conversations with the police about crime in their neighborhood because they would feel safer. So we wanted the police there. We wanted them engaged in the community. We didn’t want them beating the hell out of us, we didn’t want that,” he repeated.
Scott said that city leaders are to blame for not fostering a community atmosphere between police and the neighborhoods. He recalled President Obama’s rhetoric as the blueprint for change, but noted that the only change that took place was a greater divide between law enforcement and the black community.
“So the divide has really intensified, it hasn’t decreased,” observed Scott.
He seemingly forgot the list of 19 demands issued by protesters in 2015, including the fact that they wanted certain buildings or parts of neighborhoods to be designated as “safe” from police.