I had a nice post all planned out for today until I ran into one of those pesky little issues that so many ‘real’ journalists ignore. There is a story floating around the internet first published by this website. I even shared it on FB (my bad.) The story highlights a column that supposedly appeared in late April in the New York Times.
This same story appears in numerous postings on the internet. All lead back to here, one website. A single source. ‘Real’ journalists know they should have at least two or three corroborating sources, not just one. I don’t claim to be a journalist, but I do try to follow the same standards of journalism wherever I can. There is a difference between reporting and editorializing. Too many “real’ journalist ignore or were never taught that difference.
That column is interesting—if it is true. But I can’t confirm it and I’m beginning to believe it is just another piece of fiction fabricated to support an agenda. I don’t doubt there are some elements in the story that are true but once one piece cannot be verified, the entire story becomes, “fruit from a tainted tree.”
This section could be called, “Actions have consequences.” After Baltimore’s Mayor and Prosecutor sided with the mob against the police, Baltimore’s crime—and death rate, had sky-rocketed while arrests have dropped by 50%.
May 28, 2015 8:53 AM
BALTIMORE (AP) — Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore.
She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.
“I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”
Perrine’s brother is one of 36 people killed in Baltimore so far this month, already the highest homicide count for May since 1999. But while homicides are spiking, arrests have plunged more than 50 percent compared to last year.
The drop in arrests followed the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked protests against the police and some rioting, and led to the indictment of six officers.
Now West Baltimore residents worry they’ve been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them. In recent weeks, some neighborhoods have become like the Wild West without a lawman around, residents said.
“Before it was over-policing. Now there’s no police,” said Donnail “Dreads” Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was arrested.
“I haven’t seen the police since the riots,” Lee said. “People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren’t pulling them up like they used to.”
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said last week his officers “are not holding back” from policing tough neighborhoods, but they are encountering dangerous hostility in the Western District.
“Our officers tell me that when officers pull up, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time,” Batts said.
At a City Council meeting Wednesday, Batts said officers have expressed concern they could be arrested for making mistakes.
The column continues at the CBS website. The residents are beginning to realize that without police crime is without restraint. Now the citizens are beginning to learn the consequences of supporting criminals instead of supporting the police. It is a repeat of the adage, “What goes around, comes around.”