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Heading into this weekend, we reported on a ceasefire agreement between Baltimore “gang leaders, drug dealers and others linked to the violence”. The ceasefire was called “Nobody kill anybody for 72-hours”, but it seems that was too much to ask for the violence-plagued city on pace for its highest number of killings ever.
In the 42nd hour of the ceasefire, gunshots were heard at the 1300 block of Sargeant Street around 5:03pm (walking distance to Ravens Stadium). Officers arrived to find a 24-year old man suffering from gunshot wounds, where he died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Around 10 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of Gertrude Ct, where a 37-year-old man was shot. He later died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Baltimore’s war-torn streets are located 40-miles north of Washington, D.C., where President Trump is too busy tweeting about Chicago’s violence. What’s rarely discussed on a national level is how Baltimore’s homicide rate is now doubled Chicago’s. Also, Baltimore’s population is 14-times smaller than New York City, but manages to sustain a higher homicide count this year.
Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said that the killings should not take away from the goals of organizers. The killings appear to be the first homicides of the weekend according to NBC.
“Yes, there was a homicide. But,the work doesn’t stop,” Smith said in a tweet Saturday evening. “Organizers called and are in the area to continue to spread love.” Smith’s 24-year-old brother, Dionay Smith, was fatally shot in July.
Yes, there was a homicide. But,the work doesn’t stop. Organizers called and are in the area to continue to spread love. #BaltimoreCeasefire
— T.J. Smith (@TJSmithMedia) August 6, 2017
Before the weekend, the city recorded 208 homicides in 2017, NBC affiliate WBAL-TV reported. Far larger New York City has recorded 160 murders through July 30, according to police data. Before the cease-fire began, one of the movement’s organizers, Erricka Bridgeford, said the effort might not stop all violence — but it could be a step in the right direction.
“We don’t think this is a cure,” she said. “We don’t think this will even necessarily stop violence that weekend, but we know that some people have made promises that they won’t, and that just might save somebody’s life.”
At the moment, crime and despair is certainly plaguing Baltimore’s inner city. The Economist lends a hand and signals their homicide model is indicating 2017 will be the deadliest year ever in Baltimore.
In July, we wrote an article titled: Visualizing America’s Wealth Inequality (From The Sky Above Baltimore). The article highlights the massive wealth inequality gap in Baltimore… Citizens are starting to wake up to the fact that 50-years of Democrat controlled leadership, along with deindustrialization has turned Baltimore into an utter war zone.
What I’m about to show you is a unique experience of Baltimore’s ceasefire. In the video, we start with an aerial tour of West Baltimore where the homicide rate is doubled Chicago’s. Then, we transition onto the streets with the activist and organizers of Baltimore’s ceasefire. This is a unique experience that the mainstream media will not show you because it destroys the narrative that everything is awesome.
You’ll hear for yourself from the citizens who live in these war-torn areas that everything is not awesome and they’re tired of being ignored. The longer mainstream ignores America’s inner city problem, the longer we waste time in finding a solution. As of today, there are no viable solutions to fix America’s inner cities, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this informative conversation.
America’s inner cities are becoming a public health issue that will soon affect us all. We’re all in this together….