BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison was among dozens who took to the streets Monday night for an anti-violence walk through parts of the city that are no stranger to shootings.

One stop on that walk was the scene of a double shooting over the weekend that left a 37-year-old man dead.

With a laundry list of concerns, attendees showed up for a chance to vent to Harrison, including city resident Patricia Hughes.

“They say crime is going down, to me crime is still going up because something happens every day of the week,” she said.

City councilman Eric Costello said he organized the walk before this weekend’s wave of violence.

“We are going to do everything we can to keep this neighborhood and every other single neighborhood in Baltimore city safe,” he said.

More than 130 people have been murdered in Baltimore so far in 2019, including four since Friday.

One of those victims is Gerald Brown, a former standout basketball player at Loyola University, a comedian and a father.

Brown was shot Friday night on West Forest Park Avenue.

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Monday, Baltimore Police introduced a class of 38 recruits. The commissioner said that’s an answer for residents who want to see more officers on their block.

“We’re having a robust recruiting campaign to recruit more people because he is right, we do need more people out here, but we need to make sure that the people we have are performing to standard,” Harrison said.

During the walk, participants also shared other concerns, including aggressive squeegee kids.

“I’ve never seen it this way,” one city resident said. “I’ve been here 34 years, my parents lived here, it was safe.”

Harrison said there’s a simple solution to that problem.

“If people stop giving them money, that problem will go away, but I sit and watch people giving them money,” he said.

Harrison said officers are deployed and directed to arrest squeegee kids if they commit a crime, but he doesn’t want to take officers away from other key roles.

Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (4)
  1. Tickedoff Person says:

    Squeegee MEN hold the motorist for ransom. Dig deep or I’ll assault you or vandalize your vehicle. Harrison acts by crisis. Wait for the crisis to happen and then react to it. That is not a crime plan. This is going to boil down to each neighborhood will hire their own “contractors” to patrol their streets. It’s a war on the streets and should be addressed as such. The city lost control decades ago. The last time this city was safe was in the 50’s-60’s. You can’t dispute that fact!

    1. SO SO TRUE!! Our high dollar PR person hard at work!

  2. Jrfred Coker says:

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  3. “We are going to do everything we can to keep this neighborhood and every other single neighborhood in Baltimore city safe,” he said.”
    WISHING and YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PR WALKS not gonna to make it happen!! You do realize the HOODRATS don’t care about your PR walks and your NEVER ENDING RHETORIC!! YOU HAVE TO MEET VIOLENCE WITH EVEN STRONGER VIOLENCE!! POWDERING THEIR BUTTS NOT GOING TO WORK!! STOP KISSING UP TO THEM!! SAME GOES TO YOU MOSBY! TRY GOING YOUR JOB!!!!!

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