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By JAMES D. DILTS | May 4, 1995
Baltimore over the past few years has been unsettled by an unprecedented wave of murders and urban violence. Yet the city has survived a previous violent era in its history, and there are encouraging signs that the present cycle of drug-related crime has crested.Baltimore's current murder rate is 32 per 100,000 people, based on 224 murder cases closed in Circuit Court last year and an estimated 1994 population of 703,000. In addition, there were nearly 18,000 cases of assault and battery in Baltimore in 1994, according to District Court figures.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1999
A group seen as Baltimore's next generation of hard-core criminals swaggered into a city elementary school rimmed with armed officers and quietly listened to an effort by police to use words to stop violence.The young men and handful of women, all convicted on drug and gun charges, went to the Wednesday night "gang call-in" because their parole terms required it. They sat in stoic silence, forbidden from talking or asking questions. They stared at mug shots of their friends.It was the third such session police have held since last year in different parts of the city -- one of several strategies they are trying to bring down a murder rate that made Baltimore one of the deadliest cities in the nation last year.
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September 25, 2013
When President Obama addressed the families and colleagues of victims of the mass shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington last week, he lamented what he called a sense of "creeping resignation" among Americans toward the epidemic gun violence that has taken so many innocent lives in recent years. "Our hearts are broken again," he said, yet we seem unwilling to do what is necessary to prevent a recurrence of these shocking tragedies — and so, inevitably, they will happen again.
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By STEVE CHAPMAN | November 12, 2007
The Democratic theme song is "Happy Days Are Here Again," and nowhere do Democrats think that axiom applies better than in the realm of fighting crime. They recall that thanks to legislation passed in 1994, Bill Clinton put 100,000 new cops on the street, and the result was an abatement of violence. Give Democrats their way, they suggest, and we can repeat that success. Leading the charge is Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, who sponsored that bill and is pushing legislation to hire another 50,000 officers, at a cost of $3.6 billion over six years, under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 30, 1996
MINNEAPOLIS -- This was a city that seemed to have all the answers.Fortune 500 companies thrive in an atmosphere of Scandinavian-style social liberalism. Stillwater lakes give woodsy neighborhoods a fairy-tale look. Even the brutal Upper Midwest winters are made manageable, with elaborate glass skyways to protect downtown pedestrians.It is a way of life, the Minneapolis Star Tribune once noted, that boosters regard as "superior to that in most places on earth."But lately, this idyllic image has been shattered by violence, with gang turf wars and drive-by shootings on streets where children play games of kick-the-can.
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By Daniel Webster | July 7, 2013
The recent spike in shootings in Baltimore and the city's endemically high rate of violent crime underscore why reducing gun violence must be the top priority for city officials. Violence exacts an enormous toll on Baltimore beyond the direct costs from the deaths, disability, medical care, law enforcement and prisons. Violence costs U.S. cities over a billion dollars annually due to fear which reduces incentives for private investment and lowers property values. With lower property values, city lawmakers are forced to raise taxes, reduce services or both - not a recipe for success.
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By David Simon | December 24, 1990
An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun reporte incorrectly that 296 people had been murdered in Baltimore in 1990. In fact, the number of violent deaths officially classified as murders at that time was 294, according to the police.The Sun regrets the error.A pair of shootings early yesterday pushed Baltimore's 1990 murder count near the 300 mark -- a level of violence that the city has not encountered in almost two decades.Yesterday's slayings -- one in an argument over a woman, the other in apparent retaliation for the theft of drugs -- were the 295th and 296th of the year.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
When Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts appeared at a recent town hall, a woman stood to ask about police brutality, a touchy topic for both residents and officers. She said she worried for her young nephew, who was frequently stopped by police. Batts' 10-minute answer ranged from the personal to the practical. He talked about his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, drawing laughs about the fried bologna sandwiches his family ate to survive. He explained why people must sit cross-legged on curbs for officer safety, but understood police interactions can be demeaning for those detained.
NEWS
July 4, 2012
Last week's report that Baltimore's population continues to shrink was not good news but hardly surprising, given the city's history. The drop was modest compared to the residential losses Baltimore has experienced in years past, but more importantly, the U.S. Census statistics contained ample evidence of a potentially brighter future ahead. That's because many U.S. cities are on the rebound. The same Census figures that show Baltimore lost about 1,500 people in the year ending last July also revealed that more than half of the country's 51 largest metropolitan areas saw greater growth within their city limits than in their suburbs.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and other top members of the agency have visited counterparts in Chicago to observe their crime-fighting strategy, the latest in a series of efforts to adopt law enforcement practices around the country. Chicago since 2012 has led the U.S. in total homicides, though its 413 murders in 2013 were a five-decade low and the city's per-capita murder rate is less than half that of Baltimore.  Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy hit back against skeptics in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times published Wednesday , saying his crime-reduction plans are working.
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