Baltimore prosecutor has a surefire plan to reduce crime!

| April 6, 2021

If you want the crime rate to go down, you can do many things. Improving schools, adding cops to the streets, or gentrifying blighted neighborhoods all immediately come to mind. Baltimore is doing none of these things. Taking a lesson from The Wire’s Season 3, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor’s plan is to just make illegal shit legal. If we decriminalize crime, then the crime rate with go down. It’s brilliant!

Yahoo! reports;

In late March, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, stepped to the microphone and triumphantly announced: “Today, America’s war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore. We leave behind the era of tough-on-crime prosecution and zero-tolerance policing.” Mosby will also allow prostitution, trespassing, open alcoholic containers, urinating and defecating in public, and “attempted” drug distribution.

The reaction from the “de-carceral” left and news media was effusive, suggesting that Charm City’s state’s attorney (its elected district attorney) had offered the nation a model, since Baltimore’s violent crime dropped last year as it rose nationally.

The truth is that Mosby’s plan, which she justifies with misleading statistics and glaring omissions, promises to make the city even more of a hellscape than it already is — a blighted, crime-and-corruption-ridden set that would be perfect for Hollywood’s next post-apocalyptic blockbuster. Mosby’s policy is a recipe for even more human misery, not a humane alternative to vice and violence.

The state’s attorney presides over America’s big-city murder capital, with one out of every 300 residents murdered under her six-year watch. Mosby is convinced that the cure to Baltimore’s violent ills is to legalize open-air drug markets, street-corner brothels, and above-ground sewers.

Touting the success of her libertine experiment, in a manner reminiscent of the “Hamsterdam” story arc in David Simon’s HBO show The Wire, Mosby reeled off statistics to prove her case, with violent crime down 20 percent and property crime down 36 percent since mid March 2020, when Mosby declared a free-for-all on so-called nuisance offenses that she said “pose no threat to public safety.”

Mosby said she was making permanent a temporary policy to exercise prosecutorial discretion that she ushered in in March 2020 amidst the initial COVID-19 lockdown. After dismissing over 1,400 cases and quashing another 1,400 warrants for such crimes, Mosby bragged that 18 percent fewer individuals were incarcerated in Baltimore year-on-year.

Mosby the Miracle Worker, you say? Hold on.

In fact, the year before Mosby took office, Baltimore logged 211 murders in a city with a population under 600,000 and falling. That equates to a homicide rate of 35 per 100,000 residents. It has climbed past 300 for each year Mosby has been the chief prosecutor, hitting 348 killings in 2019, for a rate of 59 per 100,000 — a 65 percent increase since 2014.

Last year, with 335 murders, the city clocked in at 57 homicides per 100,000 — twice the rate of Mexico and three times as high as Guatemala and El Salvador. That still shows a 59 percent murder increase under Mosby.

A libertine utopia Baltimore isn’t. And Mosby’s selective data hides the bloody truth of Charm City crime, as she manipulates the media and public’s understanding of what constitutes a violent crime.|

According to the FBI, four offenses make up the “violent crime” figure: murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault (including shootings). Depending on the year, the last two categories combined make up 80 to 90 percent of all violent crime in Baltimore or any major city. Their volume means that even a modest shift in those numbers swings the overall violent crime rate wildly.

For March to March, Baltimore saw robberies decline 38 percent and street robberies (the largest share of Baltimore’s robberies) fall by 48 percent. That is 1,600 fewer muggings, which alone accounts for nearly 70 percent of Baltimore’s violent-crime drop. All robberies combined make up 83 percent of the decline. This is hardly surprising, since with pandemic lockdowns and closures in place, stick-up artists had far fewer targets on whom to ply their trade. That trend is consistent with this year’s 14 percent decline in robberies across similarly sized cities.

Under Mosby’s tenure, violent crime did not fall. In fact, it skyrocketed by 33 percent before last year. And that’s because she’s not very good at her job. While she publicly claims an astounding 93 percent felony conviction rate — 85 percent for homicide, 91 percent for gun crimes, and 98 percent for narcotics — she fails to mention that those numbers exclude cases that she dismissed while claiming credit for convictions on a lesser charge, including in homicide cases. If the denominator is small enough, Mosby looks impressive. But the truth is more sanguine.

She drops or loses more than 40 percent of her felony cases and fails to prosecute and imprison gun offenders. Shockingly, in 2018, Mosby secured convictions for only 18 percent of “felon in possession of a firearm” cases — a known precursor offense to violence. Even worse, of those convicted, most don’t see the inside of a jail cell for long, or even at all, despite Maryland’s statutory five-year minimum sentence. An analysis by the Baltimore Sun showed that 43 percent received less than a year in jail and 13 percent got no jail time at all.

And for homicide, Mosby isn’t getting very impressive results. Of the 202 murder cases resolved since 2017 (out of 1,300 murders in that period and 2,000 since she became state’s attorney), Mosby has secured guilty verdicts in 38 percent of them, while pleading out another 26 percent. Many of those pleas received lesser-charge convictions, including gun possession and obstruction of justice, as well as light sentences, in some cases only a few months in prison.

Meanwhile, Mosby’s refusal to prosecute so-called “victimless crimes,” such as prostitution and drug possession, obscures the bleak reality in Charm City. The drug of choice isn’t pot but heroin — now laced with highly dangerous fentanyl. And contrary to Mosby’s claim that addicts will benefit from her new leniency, fatal opioid overdoses, which were already extremely high in Baltimore, jumped by 17 percent in the six months after her order.

But Mosby went further and extended her non-prosecution to “attempted distribution,” which is not a Maryland statutory term. Mosby has been equally fuzzy on whether there is a possession threshold.

In a telling exchange at a city-council hearing after Mosby’s announcement, one councilman asked the police commissioner: “If someone is walking around downtown with a backpack with three bricks of cocaine, I’m assuming that you will arrest them versus if someone is walking around downtown with three grams of cocaine, I’m assuming that you will not arrest them.”

The city’s top cop replied: “I don’t know that the state’s attorney has defined the threshold other than I do recall her saying simple possession in any amount.”

The sky’s the limit!

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    The victims, of course, are the folks stuck in Baltimore who must contend with this idiocy.

  2. Martinjmpr says:

    Sounds like a libertarian’s paradise.

    Well, Baltimore is a democracy and in a democracy, “The People” will get what they asked for.

    Honestly, why not? The previous system obviously wasn’t working for Baltimore’s residents.

    The sad irony of course is that the one place these libertarian policies WON’T be enforced is in the nice, safe, decent neighborhoods where the city’s wealthier residents live.

    But hey, they voted for this, so they’re going to get it.

    Good and hard, IMO.

  3. Sapper3307 says:

    Baltimore home of the first Purge night?

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Nothing new, really. Remember Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the 2015 Freddy Gray riots, before she ran out the clock on her term and left town?

    “…give those who wished to destroy, space to do that.”

    That worked out well, too.
    /sarc

    • gitarcarver says:

      You’re missing some “outstanding” Mayors of Charm City.

      Rawlings-Blake became mayor in 2010 when Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned from the office after being convicted of embezzlement.

      The person who took over after Rawlings-Blake said she would not seek reelection, Mayor Catherine Pugh was convicted and sentenced to serve three years after pleading guilty to Federal conspiracy charges and tax evasion.

      Further examples of the corruption are the FBI monitors as a watchdog the police department after massive fraud and illegal conduct was found within the department.

      The City Schools need upwards of $20 billion in repairs after physical and fiscal audits revealed that contracts were being written and paid for work that was never done.

      Speaking of schools, one of the City’s “best” schools recently was involved in a scandal where it came to light that it was passing kids without ever having passing grades. Poster child for this was a young man who, since 9th grade, had only passed 2 courses and was set to graduate this June. He was in the top 40% of all students at the school. (Of over 640 kids who took state mandated proficiency exams this past year, 3 passed them – two in English and one in math. The rest failed.)

      The Department of Public works lost millions of dollars after incorrectly or not billion people for water and trash. By the time the error was discovered after years, the statute of limitations had run out and the bills could not be regenerated.

      Since 2010, the City has paid out over $40 million in use of force or illegal actions by the police force.

      After the Freddie Gray riots, the City secretly reached out to businesses that were burned by the rioting and offered $50,000 if the businesses settled claims then. Otherwise the City pledged to keep the claims tied up in court for, as one email said, “decades and we are all retired.”

      The City has no law or order in the government itself, so it is logical to assume that lawlessness will extend to the citizens now.

    • MustangCryppie says:

      I’ll tell you. After this and her Freddy Gray fiasco, Mosby is truly a special kind of stupid. If I were a cop there, I would be heading for the non-Baltimore hills!

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    Civilization was nice while it lasted, wasn’t it?

  6. KoB says:

    When all else has failed, try this solution;

  7. Wireman611 says:

    All of a sudden those dystopian novels and movies don’t seem so far off.

  8. gitarcarver says:

    Mosby may be in trouble herself.

    Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal tax investigation into the [Council President Nick Mosby and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby] and issued subpoenas for their financial records, including documents related to their political campaigns, private businesses and charitable donations.

    source: https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-ci-city-hall-subpoena-20210405-evhp5am7uncojm7ls6ew7n2dx4-story.html

    At least six grand jury subpoenas have been issued in the matter, seeking a wide range of financial records related to the couple, including tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, loan documents and canceled checks. Marilyn Mosby’s campaign treasurer was subpoenaed for records tracing back to 2014, some related to the Mosbys’ private travel and consulting businesses, according to a copy of the subpoena obtained by The Sun via another Public Information Act request.

    The Sun reported in October that the Internal Revenue Service filed a $45,000 lien against the Mosbys’ home for three years worth of unpaid taxes. The IRS filing shows the couple owed nearly $23,000 for the 2014 tax year, more than $19,000 for 2015 and about $3,000 for 2016. Online court records do not show the lien as paid, though Nick Mosby said in December that he paid off the amount.

    source: https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-pr-md-pol-baltimore-mosby-video-city-hall-20210402-fvqnlrylrnbxzb7bw5whix2hmy-story.html

    • ChipNASA says:

      I am SO waiting for this shit to go down and THEM BOFF to get perp walked, corrupt spices of shit, ALL OF DEM!!!!!

      Good thing I live in the COUNTY.
      I mean, I love my Maryland, My Maryland, BUT, this shit, yeah, I’d move further west or eastern shore or something maybe Delaware but not too far, Beach, Mountains, Hills, Valleys, Dry mountain areas in the Cumberland, The Largest Estuary in the world, Chesapeake Bay,
      But yeah, a good DOUCHING, or maybe a FENCE!!!!
      I think that works, RIGHT DC!!???
      Oh and PSUL??? I’m still here bitch.
      And I have something I didn’t have back in the day. And I don’t play with pliers.

      • gitarcarver says:

        I grew up in the northeast corner of Baltimore. My mom, who just passed away had been in the City since before WWII.

        I have actually had City officials tell me that their statutes and codes don’t apply to them.

        That’s how bad the corruption is.

        If I may, what part of Maryland are you in?

        • ChipNASA says:

          Pikesville, and I was born down the street, BUT I really spent almost all my years down in Monkey County where a rusted Jaguar and a certain individual used to reside near Wilson Lane in Bethesda, with pinky extended…Now I am just a Goy up here with the Red Sea Pedestrians.

  9. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    They elected this into office, they can embrace the suck…

  10. 5JC says:

    So, essentially the exact opposite of what Giuliani did to lower crime in NYC.

    If there were ever a more naked comparative display of political philosophy in the US I haven’t seen it.

  11. Poetrooper says:

    Well ol’ Poe is highly doubtful of the veracity and accuracy of that Yahoo report because the author, Sean Kennedy, (sounds “privileged” to me) used a lot of math to make his points and everyone knows that math is just another racist construct used to suppress all POC:

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/02/why-math-is-racist.php

    🙄🙄🙄

  12. In 1984, FDNY FF Dennis Smith Started the Firehouse magazine Expo and after the baltimore riots a few years ago, the expo was moved to Tenn.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      I used to attend the west coast Firehouse Expo in San Diego every year, but I stopped going five years back. It had been going downhill for a while by that point, more IAFF political bullshit, less tools and training. Don’t know if it’ll ever come back now that the SD convention center is a giant bum shelter/taxpayer-funded non-quarantine school for illegal alien children. Can’t say I really care, either.

      Maybe I’ll check out FDIC someday.

  13. QMC says:

    To my old fellow blue collar hard working Baltimoreans, get out while you still can. It’s not that type of city anymore, and hasn’t been for decades.

    Also, remember what you left, and the causes of that, when you vote at your new location.

  14. The Other Whitey says:

    Imagine how great her numbers will be when she takes the next logical step and stops prosecuting rapists and murderers altogether.

  15. Green Thumb says:

    The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics) needs to consult (post-haste) with Lori Benton of Ford Harrison (https://www.fordharrison.com/LoriBenton) and get a plan spun up to move quickly to establish a branch of All-Points Logistics in this soon-to-be very competitive market.

  16. 5JC says:

    It did occur to me that having a “purge” community inside the US without rule of law where you can commit crimes without repercussions is kind of handy. If ypu wanted to run 90mph down Main street, take a dump on city hall (literally) and celebrate with some fine quality blow and a hooker there is now a place to do that.