wjz-13 all-news-99-1-wnew 1057-the-fan 1300logo2_67x35

Local

Police Raids Continue Across Baltimore As Mayor Puts Pressure On Gang Members

View Comments
crime
Ritchie Rochelle 175x131 L Rochelle Ritchie
Rochelle Ritchie joined WJZ Eyewitness News in June 2012. Prio...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries

POEts: The Legendary, The Celebrity, The Local, The ControversialPOEts: The Legendary, The Celebrity, The Local, The Controversial

Celebrities Born Outside The U.S.Celebrities Born Outside The U.S.

Top Celebrities On TwitterTop Celebrities On Twitter

Ranking Stephen KingRanking Stephen King

Famous Women Who Underwent Double MastectomiesFamous Women Who Underwent Double Mastectomies

» More Photo Galleries

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police raids continue across Baltimore as the mayor puts the pressure on gang members and others she says are terrorizing the streets with drugs and crime.

Rochelle Ritchie spoke with the mayor, who says criminals haven’t even felt the heat of the police yet.

The mayor tells WJZ she and other city leaders have a laser-like focus on gang members and other violent criminals.

Baltimore City Police showed the faces they say are responsible for some of the crime on city streets. One of them, according to police, is a confirmed member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang — Maurice Hill — who was arrested Tuesday during a police raid.

WJZ took a ride with police as they raided 11 homes in the Eastern District. Our cameras were there as they went into action.

Seven people were taken into custody. Police also found heroin and cocaine. According to a Baltimore City gang expert, they are some of the gang’s many moneymakers.

“They use some of that money to help with their day-to-day activities. And in another instance, they pay a tax to the command structure of the BGF,” the gang expert said.

Raids are happening all across the city, as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tried to rid her city of violent criminals.

“I want Baltimore to be a safer city. And we’ve had these things in the works. This is simmer. We haven’t even gotten the heat started yet,” she said.

The State’s Attorney’s Office has handed out 68 indictments in the last week. And with no plans to pull back on these police raids, more are coming.

Police say the bloodshed on the streets, the hundreds of people killed and the fear saturating the communities of Baltimore City is because of these ruthless gang members.

“We’re going to focus on them and we’re going to continue to get them,” the mayor said.

The Black Guerrilla Family gang is being blamed for much of the crime, and dismantling their operation is key in taking back the streets of Baltimore.

The gang expert WJZ spoke with says going to jail for many gang members is like a badge of honor.

Police say the raids are random and happen simultaneously.

Other Local News:

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,175 other followers