So the Baltimore coppers have no clue who assassinated Sean Suiter but nevertheless terrorized an entire neighborhood for a few days in order to find the murderer who probably is a police officer? Nice one Baltimore.
According to police, there is currently no evidence that the detective’s killing was linked to the upcoming testimony.
According to US media reports citing city Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, Baltimore detective Sean Suiter, 43, an 18-year-veteran of the force and father of five, has been shot dead last week just a day before he was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury in a corruption case involving police officers.
“Detective Suiter was going to offer federal grand jury testimony about an incident that occurred several years ago that included officers who are now federally indicted back in March,” Davis has stated.
The police commissioner has emphasized that there is currently no evidence suggesting that the detective’s killing was linked to the upcoming testimony, adding, however, that “there’s nothing we won’t consider” as the motive for the crime.
“While I understand the wild possibilities that go through people’s minds when we all want answers, I just am determined to keep following the evidence,” he said.
According to AP, Suiter was set to testify as a witness as part of a probe into a group of Baltimore officers who worked together on a firearms crime task force, which was tasked with removing illegal guns from city’s streets, and have been charged with stealing money, property and drugs from people for several years, as well as faking police reports and lying to investigators.
While in Baltimore City, Maryland, death and despair are a few things that are plentiful as the region descends into chaos. Deindustrialization coupled with depopulation started in the 1960s stripping the city of economic wealth. Many don’t want to admit, the city is shrinking as their looking glass is clouded with Kevin Plank’s gentrification narrative.
Wealth inequality in the area is some of the widest in the United States with more than 100,000 African Americans with zero dollars to their name, according to JPM. Baltimore is a skeleton of what it once was many decades ago when it had its industries.
Now, 46,800 homes are vacant– almost 16% of the housing stock as citizens are either leaving the area or being pushed into multi-family complexes by the city. Neighborhoods are rotting away as the local economy crumbles giving way to a surge in homicides. Baltimore is on track for the worse year ever with a homicide rate the highest in the United States.
Baltimore is home to about 615,000 people, but the city has more homicides than New York or Los Angeles, both of which have far larger populations. Earlier this year, Mayor Catherine Pugh called in the Federal Government in hopes to restore order. She was even quoted, “violence in the city is out of control”…
With the police department hemorrhaging officers, local community organized groups have taken to the streets in attempt to slow the momentum of out of control homicides.
The movement is called Baltimore Ceasefire and the group has held two weekend city-wide ceasefire campaigns of “Nobody Kill Anybody”… Both ceasefires have failed.
According to WSJ,
Most murder victims are African-American men, and shootings happen largely in areas where residents live surrounded by poverty, unemployment, drug addiction and crime, city police records show.
WSJ interviews Jackie Moodie, a resident of Baltimore who said
“I’m always looking around at my surroundings”…. Moodie’s 27-year old son, Sir Jamareo Moodie, was fatally shot in February.
“These children are so crazy. They get on drugs, they don’t care and they have guns. This is nothing but a bunch of genocide,” she said.
According to WSJ, Moodie supports “martial law” on the streets to stop out of control homicides,
At this point she would support “martial law” on the streets.
“They need it in the areas that are highly targeted as shooting zones, killing zones,”
she said, noting that this month, three people were shot, one fatally, a short distance from a Northwest Baltimore police station.
In a preview of what’s to come, we reported on an incident over the weekend where the “police declared martial law” according to one citizen, after an entire neighborhood was shut down with the installation of checkpoints. The 4-5 day lockdown started late last week and ended Monday, after a police detective was executed in broad daylight.
Gun shots whizzing through the air. A woman screaming from somewhere nearby. These were the sounds that could be heard on Dundalk Avenue in Baltimore last Wednesday shortly before 3:00 in the afternoon. Police say that the shooter robbed two people in the parking lot of the Logan Village Shopping Center and then boarded a No. 10 MTA bus. Officers stopped the bus just one block away from the shopping center near the intersection of Dundalk Avenue and Belclare Road, and then engaged in a brief firefight with the shooter. A video of the shootout that has been posted online then shows the gunman running out of the bus, presumably to find either new cover or a car to escape in. Within seconds, however, the man was shot dead on the lawn.
The shooter has yet to be identified, and the names of the wounded officer and the bystander have not been released. The officer that was injured in the shootout was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in serious condition, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. The bystander was taken to a local hospital.
“I heard boom-boom-boom-boom-boom,” recalls Dave Barrett, who was sitting in his basement watching television when he heard the sound of gunshots and a helicopter coming from outside. “By the time I came down, you could still see all the smoke in the air from the gunshots.”
County Councilman Todd Crandell, who is a representative for Dundalk, said in a statement, “It’s shocking, and I have a sense of real anger that someone wants to commit something as heinous as that in our community, as senseless as it was.” He went on to say, “It makes you angry, but none of those emotions matter right now. The only thing we need to be concerned about is the people who are injured.”
It’s worth noting that Baltimore, Maryland has some of the strictest and most burdensome gun regulations in the country. As Newsmax reported in November of 2014, the city of Baltimore experienced a whopping 217 homicides in 2012 alone, despite the fact that Baltimore has banned 45 different assault weapons, has implemented a capacity limit on gun magazines, and increased the licensing requirements for those who seek to purchase a handgun. The fact of the matter is that deep blue states such as Maryland that are constantly passing laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights are not decreasing the amount of violence on the streets; they are actually sending crime rates through the roof.
Of course, the shooting that occurred last week in Baltimore is just one of many. On Wednesday, June 14, a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. That same day, another gunman took three lives at a UPS facility in San Francisco. This is on top of hundreds of homicides that occur each year in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York City. No matter which way you look at it, the fact remains that many areas of the United States just are not safe.
But the answer to this isn’t sweeping gun control like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi routinely tells us. Rather, the answer lies in the law-abiding gun owner who can respond to one of these mass shootings in the blink of an eye, potentially saving countless innocent lives. It may make those on the left uncomfortable, but the solution to bad guys on the streets with guns is good guys on the streets with guns. Because, as the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution says, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon.
More than three quarters of all new heroin users were first addicted to prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and then driven to the street version after stricter limits on their prescription were eventually put in place.
If you want to see just how quickly drugs can plunge a beautiful and thriving city into desolation, look no further than Baltimore. On the surface, the city has plenty to offer, with lots of history, a lovely harbor, diverse entertainment options, and top research and medical facilities. However as opiate addiction has spread throughout the city over the past several years, it has turned it into a place that is no longer befitting of its nickname, Charm City.
In fact, a more suitable nickname would be The Heroin Capital of the United States as the city now has the dubious honor of having the highest per-capita rate of heroin addiction in the nation. Of the city’s 645,000 residents, it is estimated that around 60,000 are drug addicts and 48,000 of these people are hooked on heroin.
While the problem is not new to the city, it has gotten progressively worse in recent years. In fact, a report by High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program notes that one out of every ten Baltimore residents takes the drug. Last year saw more than 300 fatal heroin overdoses in the city and almost as many hospital emergencies related to heroin use, and the problem is only expected to get worse.
In the video “Baltimore’s Opioid Experience,” a quick drive through the streets of East Baltimore is all it takes to show just how much this addiction can devastate entire communities. The streets are lined with boarded-up row houses and warehouses, with graffiti on every corner.
While everything else is empty, the Turning Point Clinic, with a sign proclaiming “No insurance? No problem!” appears to be a hub of social activity, with people lining up outside, conversing over a cigarette as they try to resist the urge for a hit.
These images are overlaid with statistics illustrating just how bad the problem is, like the fact that fatal overdoses rose 66 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to Maryland health officials. The illicit opioids heroin and fentanyl were responsible for most of these deaths, and more than a third of those who died of overdoses in the state did so in Baltimore city. The video is aptly book-ended with images of cemeteries, one of the few businesses besides treatment facilities that seem to be thriving there now.
It’s not just the addicts themselves and their families who are affected by opioid use. Living under these conditions is also soul-crushing to those who have not succumbed to addiction. The desperation of Baltimore’s residents was clear in how easily the situation managed to escalate after Freddie Gray died in police custody there in 2015 and riots overtook the city.
America’s opioid epidemic continues to rise
American’s opioid epidemic is getting out of hand, and a lot of the blame can be pinned on Big Pharma. In fact, abuse rates of opioids started to climb after the introduction of several powerful opioid painkillers about 20 years ago. Giving doctors incentives for prescribing them and marketing them aggressively has put us in this situation. More than three quarters of all new heroin users were first addicted to prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and then driven to the street version after stricter limits on their prescription were eventually put in place.
Overdoses on opioids have now overtaken gun-related deaths in our nation. As recently as 2007, deaths from firearms outnumbered those from opioids by a margin of about five to one, but now the the situation has completely reversed – and then some. As this problem continues to spiral out of control, more and more cities will end up looking much like the East side of Baltimore in that unsettling video.