Baltimore’s crime and murder rates are so high that Mayor Catherine Pugh is now seeking help from the FBI in hopes of controlling the growing crisis.
“I’m calling on all the assistance we can possibly get because I can’t imagine going into our summer months with our crime rate where it is today … what that’s going to look like by the end of the summer,” said Mayor Pugh.
Reports suggest that overall violence in Baltimore is at a crisis level. There have been 100 murders in the city this year already, which hasn’t happened since 1998.
“Murder is out of control,” says Pugh. She added that they could use the FBI’s technology and manpower to crack down on crime.
Pugh has already met with the special agent in charge of the Baltimore division of the FBI and said she will release details of her conversation with the organization sometime next week.
“I don’t think relying on federal resources is a new strategy, at all. In fact, I think the devil is in the detail. You can talk about the FBI and that’s fine, but I’d actually like to see more emphasis on drug enforcement administration, ATF, and the Marshall service to get these folks who are wanted on warrants off the street,” public safety expert Rob Weinhold told WJZ in an interview.
The FBI has already assisted Baltimore by using a video-equipped surveillance plane to monitor lawbreakers during the city’s recent rioting. According to WJZ, it also helped Baltimore Police take down a street gang in the city.
“If we support these police officers, who are out there working for the community every day, we’re going to be able to turn the tide,” said former U.S. Attorney for Maryland, now U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Pugh is hopeful the FBI will make the difference.
“We are looking for all the help that we can get,” she said.
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