Published On: Wed, Jun 23rd, 2021
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Baltimore Police Chief Links Recent Crime Wave to Staff Shortages, Gang Violence

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison blamed a rise in violent crime and homicides in the most populous city in Maryland on “a number of issues,” including a shortage in staff. Harrison noted during an interview with CNN on Tuesday that just like New York and all the other big cities across the nation, Baltimore is seeing a spike in violence, with 18 homicides recorded in just the past ten days alone. “It’s a number of issues, it’s grouping gang violence, it’s retaliation from previous bad acts,” the commissioner explained. “But we are seeing an increase in close acquaintance shootings and domestic violence shootings where people just have absolutely poor or no conflict resolution skills and are using guns to solve their conflicts.” Harrison also noted that he hopes the police force in the city, which is seeing roughly 230 officers short of its current budget, will see more “boots on … Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS

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