Baltimore has experienced 270 homicides this calendar year, and it’s not getting better.

It’s not getting better; it’s getting worse. I think it’s appropriate to say, “Chicago, who?” What is going on here?

Baltimore officials released new numbers about the skyrocketing violence in the city, claiming murders went up 12 percent. Inside that 12 percent rise, there have been 273 murders so far this year, compared to 243 this time in 2018.

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In the non-fatal shootings department, there have been 638 so far this year compared to 524 at this time last year, which is a 22 percent rise.

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This past weekend, 17 people were shot, including a two-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach during an alleged road rage incident near Lexington Market on Saturday.

Some groups are supporting the idea of a surveillance plane to fly over Baltimore after 17 people were shot over the weekend in the city.

Cynthia Bruce, with Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters, spoke out Monday after a violent weekend in Baltimore left 17 people shot, four fatally, and adding to the more than 270 people killed in Baltimore so far this year.

“We are really devastated. We are really saddened that more mothers are joining this group every day,” Bruce said. “We are experiencing too many violent murders and enough is enough.”

Activist Doc Cheatham joined the group that wants to bring surveillance planes back to Baltimore.

“We’ve got a real issue with crime being totally out of hand at this point, and we have to use every mechanism we can to track it,” Cheatham said. [WBAL TV]

Listen to them speak:

Watch above, via WBAL


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