After six officers were indicted for their parts in the death of Freddie Gray, police in Baltimore, MD are in “reactionary mode” according to two cops who spoke out on CNN, anonymously, yesterday.
As a result of this timid approach to policing, Baltimore has seen violent crimes sky-rocket. With 42 murders in May, it was the deadliest month since 1972.
Asked what’s behind the uptick in the city’s crime rate, the officer explained that the police have been giving the people what they want – “a softer, less aggressive police department.”
Former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman explained what is going on, several weeks ago on The Kelly File:
….they’re being very cautious about following all the rules. They know nobody’s got their back in the city government, their own police chief’s going to throw them under the bus – so they’re doing everything by the book – they’re answering the radio calls and they’re making no proactive stops. They’re not getting out and shaking people down, wondering what people are doing, searching people – looking for guns, drugs — they’re basically just answering the calls for service,” Fuhrman said. “And this is exactly what the city government gets. They get a police department that answers the cat-in-the-tree call – and that’s it.”
The two officers who appeared on CNN reiterated those sentiments.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin asked the cops what they thought of the death of Freddie Gray – if they thought the indicted officers had acted appropriately.
“They’ve done nothing different from what we’ve always done as police officers out on the street,” said the cop, speaking anonymously. He added, “those types of arrests happen on a daily basis.”
Used to happen, that is. Back when keeping the public safe through proactive policing was not frowned upon. Now – thanks to our first black president, our brave new race-obsessed DOJ on down to the poverty pimps serving on big city councils – police take a back seat to racial grievances. Criminals have been empowered while police have become persona non grata.
Asked what’s behind the uptick in the city’s crime rate, the officer explained that the police are basically giving the people what they want – “a softer, less aggressive police department.”
“The criminal element feels as though that we’re not going to run the risk of chasing them if they are armed with a gun, and they’re using this opportunity to settle old beefs, or scores, with people that they have conflict with,” the officer said. “I think the public really, really sees that they asked for a softer, less aggressive police department, and we have given them that, and now they are realizing that their way of thinking does not work.”
Both said the Baltimore Police Department is simply reacting to events instead of being proactive. They talked about feeling abandoned by their leadership and feeling scared — not about being hurt, necessarily, but about being charged criminally for doing what they see as their job. Six officers have been charged in Gray’s death, which has been ruled a homicide.
“Ultimately, it does a disservice to the law-abiding citizens. It does a disservice to the business owners. It does a disservice to everybody except the criminal element,” the second officer said about operating in reactive mode.
He denied the existence of a work slowdown but said he couldn’t promise proactive policing.
“Even though you have reasonable suspicion,” he said, “nine out of 10 times, that officer is going to keep on driving.”
This is a direct result of our president’s anti-police policies.