Saturday, 11 July 2015

Baltimore police officers near the intersection of West North and Pennsylvania Avenues in May after a report of gunfire

Baltimore police officers near the intersection of West North and Pennsylvania Avenues in May after a report of gunfire

According to  New York Times

 BALTIMORE — On the day after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired her police commissioner last week, a man was doing a brisk business selling DVDs from a folding table in front of a Baptist church in West Baltimore. A block away, a CVS Pharmacy stood as a reminder of riots in April, its windows still boarded with plywood, its red brick stained by black smoke.

But the talk at the DVD stand was about the latest trauma there: a surge in killings that has mothers keeping their children indoors. And the consensus, in that riot-scarred neighborhood at least, is that the mayor, and not the ousted commissioner, Anthony W. Batts, is to blame.

“Batts was made to be the fall guy. To save herself, the mayor fired him,” declared Woody James, 50, a burly out-of-work deliveryman, as he perused the movies for sale. At that, the DVD salesman, Tony Morse, a city worker on his day off, chimed in €œFire her.€
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