Black Lives Matter may be having a significant impact on the rising murder rate in Baltimore.
The crime-ridden Charm City shattered its homicide record in 2017, with 343 killings. That’s roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people, making Baltimore the second most dangerous city in America, right behind St. Louis.
Though Baltimore’s murder rate has consistently remained high, violent crime rates have risen precipitously since 2015, and additional anecdotal evidence from local residents suggests Black Lives Matter riots, following the death of Freddie Gray, may have played a role.
The widespread BLM protests against the Baltimore Police Department turned riotous at times – causing mayhem and vandalism in inner-city neighborhoods. Worse, the violence seemed to have quieted what police support there was from the city’s leadership. Then-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged law enforcement to “give space” to rioters who “wish to destroy” property.
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