Rod J. Rosenstein

Baltimore leaders 'decided to cut back on policing and prosecution' before homicides surged, Rosenstein says

Baltimore leaders 'decided to cut back on policing and prosecution' before homicides surged, Rosenstein says

When it comes to the surge in Baltimore homicides that started in 2015 and continues to this day, everyone has a theory about the cause or causes.

That includes Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who in 2015 headed the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore before being tapped by the Trump administration in early 2017 to take the number two job at the Justice Department.

In a speech in Florida on Monday, Rosenstein recounted the modern low 197 homicides in Baltimore in 2011, which he said was the result of his and other local, state and federal authorities joining together “to dismantle violent gangs and send armed criminals to prison for lengthy terms.”

Then, in...

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