During the past three years, Baltimore has suffered its worst period of violence on record with more than 1,100 people killed. The public has demanded urgency and new approaches from everyone involved in trying to stop the killings. We as a city have replaced the mayor and police commissioner (several times), and we have placed judges, the governor, parole and probation and juvenile services officials, the police union, legislators and others under intense scrutiny over their roles in stopping the bloodshed. Baltimore’s state’s attorney also must be held accountable, and we believe it is time for a change in that office. In this month’s Democratic primary, we endorse attorney Ivan Bates.