City must get tough with criminals [Letter]

It is a shame Baltimore City residents continue to be abused with shootings and murders as an everyday occurrence as the police commissioner attempts to put a good face on it by stating other crime stats are down ("Rawlings-Blake remains confident in police chief Batts," Jan. 16).

Then the mayor does a photo op walking the streets of Baltimore, with several police officers as protection, to declare this will not continue. Robbers, drug dealers and other criminals are not stupid. If the streets are filled with police they just move several blocks away to do their business.

It will be a good day for Baltimore residents when the police stop catering to political correctness and start cleaning up the drug corners and loiterers in front of liquor stores to pat down violators to see if they are carrying guns.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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