Mayor, Police Commissioner Discuss Recent Upswing In Violence

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Four shootings Monday night added to an already crippling weekend of violence in Baltimore.  In the last few days, some 23 people have been injured or killed in the city.  It’s a spree that has the mayor and police commissioner speaking out.

Derek Valcourt has a look at what’s happened and what officials want done about it.

They say the solution is tougher gun laws coming out of Annapolis.  For now, the city violence is a source of frustration for city leaders.

A man was shot in the back near Bel Air Road and Frankford Avenue in Northeast Baltimore Monday night.  Less than an hour later, a second man was shot in the foot on nearby Elmley Avenue.  Soon after that, there were three more shootings on Greenmount, Broadway and Pimlico.

Monday’s five shootings were hot on the heels of 18 other people shot and stabbed over the weekend, including the stabbing death of a 24-year-old city Department of Public Works worker, who was ambushed by a group of men at a gas station. 

It all leaves the police commissioner visibly frustrated with what he calls “bad guys with guns.”

“We should punch these guys in the mouth who are contributing to this violence.  We should find out who they are and we should get on those guys right away,” said Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.

Bealefeld says the shooting Friday night of a police detective is the perfect illustration of the problem with illegal guns in the city.  The man they say was at the trigger was arrested for a handgun violation back in 2009 and spent only six months in jail.

“We have to do better,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

She says that’s exactly why she’s asking Annapolis lawmakers to set a minimum sentence of 18 months for those arrested with an illegal loaded firearm, following the lead of New York State, which set a three-year mandatory minimum.

“Their homicide rate went down by nearly 20 percent in just the first year, so we know that the minimum mandatory sentences work,” Rawlings-Blake said.

One of the shootings this weekend involved a 4-year-old boy.  He found a gun in his home and shot himself.

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  1. Really? says:

    Idiot. If 36 months seems to work in NYC, then why wouldn’t you opt for 36 months here, instead of 18? “We need to be tougher,” my ass. Get a grip Blake.

    1. DOCSRUS says:

      If all of the problems with extreme violence are occuring in the city then what does that have to do with the rest of the law abidin citizens right to bear arms? According to our dear leader OMalley all of these acts of violence occured in the city. There are no gun battles going on over here in the burbs.

  2. Wilford P Wellington says:

    Arm everyone, and train everyone. I guarantee the thugs that couldn’t hit the side of a barn would think twice. You have a group of 20 people standing on the street, they drive by, shoot 50 rounds and Maybe wound one. If everyone in that group would draw down on them, it would STOP!!!

    1. edthe bed says:

      Wilford, You are a moron.

  3. Herman Glimsher says:

    WHAT ABOUT THE STABBINGS?? YOU CAN’T OUTLAW KITCHEN KNIVES!!!

    THE ONLY CATCHPHRASE BEALEFELD SEEMS TO KNOW IS “BAD GUYS WITH GUNS”……………THE GUNS DON’T SHOOT THEMSELVES AND THE KNIVES DON’T STAB ON THEIR OWN AND THE CHUNK OF CONCRETE THAT KILLED AN OFF-DUTY OFFICER DIDN’T HURL ITSELF AT HIS HEAD.

    BEALEFELD, WHY DON’T YOU JUST SAY “WE NEED TO GET BAD GUYS OFF THE STREET”!!!!! OR, WHY DON’T YOU ADMIT YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO FIX THIS PROBLEM!!!!

    1. Wilford P Wellington says:

      Why don’t they just outlaw STUPIDITY?? That might work! They try to make a law for everything else. Maybe we could get OWEMALLEY working on that one.

  4. Herman Glimsher says:

    I AGREE WITH MR. WELLINGTON…………AND, BEALEFELD, STOP BLAMING THE GUNS FOR THE VIOLENCE AND START BLAMING THE PORCH MONKEYS AND WETS THAT ARE PULLING THE TRIGGER…………..THEY’RE THE CAUSE OF THE VIOLENCE, NOT THE GUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. DOCSRUS says:

    As ive stated before, our armed citizens is the only thing that is prevented the cartels from peeling the faces off of American citizens and sewing them onto soccer balls as they do in the south.

    Then they show the poor guys and gals what they look like with there faces sewn onto a soccer ball.

  6. DOCSRUS says:

    Our government spends $135,000,000 per day on this ridiculous war on drugs. but it only focuses on one herb that is not only harmless but medically and therapeutically invaluable.

    Annual cost to enforce the prohibition:
    35,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Annual cost to feed 1,000,000 non violent cannabis users, now converted into wards of the state:
    58,275,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Rough estimate of number of non violent citizens removed from taxpayer status and converted into non taxpaying prisoners:
    1,000,000 non violent citizens and millions of their family members forced into poverty (the cost of which is not included in any of the stats stated here).

    Value of cannabis sales in the USA alone, with currently every dime of this going to the criminal cartels that manage of nations number one cash crop
    36,000,000,000 (billion per yr)

    Either legalize it or criminalize everything else including the legal drugs that are responsible for all of the damage to society. The current situation is offensive to anyone with a higher intelligence than a chimpanzee. It’s damaging our society and bankrupting our country.

    I’m NOT seriously advocating the criminalization of another part of human culture and the trampling of more of our rights. But I only offer the following information for the purpose of showing how irrational the prohibition of cannabis really is.

    Alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals are responsible for 40-60% of all violent crime REPORTED in the world, according to the UN, WHO, CDC and every police force in the country.

    Cannabis users dont even factor into any of the aforementioned violence according to the same sources qouted above (UN, WHO, & every police force in the country).

    Our government allows Big Pharma to produce 100 times more synthetic heroin (oxycontin) than is legally prescribed! It has no nutritional or therapeutic value and is intended strictly for extreme pain relief. Big Pharmas main consumers of this product appear to be the illicit drug trade.

    The abuse of alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals leads to violence, poverty, soaring divorce rates, massive deaths of innocent lives, broken families, reliance upon social services, etc. Its a plague on society yet perfectly legal.

    Alcohol causes close to 1,000 deaths EVERY DAY due to intoxicated drivers stoned out of their minds. The cost to the public is in the billions.

    Pharmaceutical drugs even when used as recommended cause an equivalent number of deaths. The cost to the public health system is in the billions.

    Cannabis has never killed a single soul due to overdose according to the Center for Disease Control. So if the war on cannabis isn’t politically and financially motivated then what exactly is the rationale for wasting so many of our dwindling resources to fight it?

    Big Pharma takes the profits and spends it on their families. They do not reimburse the tax payers for all of the damage that their products cause.

    Alcohol is one of the leading causes of illness and medical problems. The cost to the public health system and taxpayers is in the billions.

    No one benefits from the war on cannabis except for the 1/2 dozen guys that own pill factories and the politicians that they bought and paid for.

    Cannabis can be used to make bibles, fine paper, linen quality clothing, beverages, ointments, nutritional supplements, saddle blankets, diapers, backpacks, rope, sails for boats, and 20,000 other products.

    Ending the prohibition of cannabis has the power to turn the United States back into a Manufacturing Superpower which is exactly what was needed to pull us out of the first great depression and exactly what we need to pull us out of this one.
    Call your representatives and demand that they end this blatant abuse of powers entrusted to them by the citizens of the United States of America. The time for change is now. We’ve been beaten, abused and imprisoned into poverty. The politicians need to understand that they work for us and not for the benefit of Big Pharma and other corporate elites.

      1. DOCSRUS says:

        Is this John, John or your other brother John? Thanks for the effort Red! If thats the best you can muster up i’ll take it!

      2. johnjohn says:

        That wasn’t a vote of confidence believe me!!!!!

  7. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    DOCSRUS,
    Hey windbag, we all know you are an important guy so pipe it the f….k down before you get a good beat down. You ignorant pompous dicwad.

    1. DOCSRUS says:

      Yet another manly keyboard warrior! I’ll bet your baIIs grow even larger after a couple of six packs eh big man!

      1. willie man hanging says:

        My nts are a good size without the suds windbag.

      2. DOCSRUS says:

        Willie….im sure all of the woman folk are impressed by your public announcement. You should get together with ed THE BED. He likes to dicuss his private parts too. Youse guys would probably hit it off well.

  8. Owings Mills says:

    “We should punch these guys in the mouth who are contributing to this violence. We should find out who they are and we should get on those guys right away,” said Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.

    Seriously? The Police Commissioner made this comment? Especially after he just fired a 19 yr veteran for less than punching someone in the mouth? This has got to be the stupidest comment to ever come out of a Police Commissioners mouth. Violating rights….it’s what you do best Fred Bealefeld. You don’t have a clue how to stop the violence in the city, and you don’t have the smarts to turn it around. Hell, you can’t even police what is going on inside your department let along out on the streets. So, who’s next in line for Police Commissioner.

    Fred, you and all your boys down in VCID know who all the “bad guys with guns” are. Why don’t you lead by example and go punch some gun-toting thugs in the mouth while John Skinner videotapes it. Then you can upload it to YouTube, show it during roll call, and be tremendous motivation for your entire department to go out and clean up the streets of Baltimore. Hell, you may even get a national training gig out of it.

    1. DOCSRUS says:

      Now you understand the mentality behind the policies!. A bunch of thugs watching out for their own while treating everyone else as second class citizens.

  9. DOCSRUS says:

    Id like to know why they were spending $2500- per hour flying their helicopters over top of Severna Park yesterday if all of the problems are in the city as the story implies. And whats up with the 1/2 dozen police lining one highway yesterday 30 miles from the city? If the problems in the city then you need to send the police to the city! But then again if your spending everyones elses money what differance does it make as long as you have a good story to tell the public.

    1. johnjohn says:

      Why don’t you research that and come back tomorrow and give us a 3hr. liturgy on what it was all about.

      1. DOCSRUS says:

        Im on it John! Your contributions are welcomed but your comedic flare could be improved. We would all be thrilled if you could come back and try again later!

  10. John Lawson says:

    Whatever happened to the law that give violators five years for procession of a hand gun and year for each bullet the gun has ??/

    1. DOCSRUS says:

      It resulted in 35,000 citizens being slaughtered and tortured by the cartel members with no way to protect themselves.

      Any other issues I can help you to understand?

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