The crack epidemic that began in the 1980s ushered in a wave of bloodletting in the nation’s capital and a death toll that ticked upward daily. Dead bodies, sometimes several in a night, had homicide detectives hustling between crime scenes and earned Washington unwelcome monikers such as the nation’s “murder capital.” At the time, some feared the murder rate might ascend to more frightening heights.
Baltimore achieved something that hasn’t happened in 34 years: fewer than 200 murders. So has the city turned the corner on its violent past?
Baltimore police say the city recorded 196 homicides in 2011.
The city of Baltimore is on track for a major milestone: the lowest homicide rate in 20 years! It’s a big accomplishment for law enforcement, who vowed to make city streets safer.
The mother of a University of Maryland student killed during a string of homicides last month is picketing
with students outside the Prince George’s County police headquarters.