Compounding matters, Operation Ceasefire, one of the city's most potentially effective tools to learn what's going on in the streets and to intervene before disputes turn violent, has been hamstrung by disagreements with City Hall. Ceasefire's executive director LeVar Michael, resigned a month before the riots out of protest for what he saw as a failure by the Rawlings-Blake administration to follow through on its promises of funding and resources for the program. Essentially, he argued that Ceasefire is supposed to offer carrots and sticks to get potentially violent criminals to change their ways, but Baltimore was offering only sticks. Others, including the intellectual father of Ceasefire, criminologist David M. Kennedy, whose organization has received all of the $415,000 Baltimore budgeted for the program, insists resources aren't the issue. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health gun policy expert Daniel Webster, who has studied Ceasefire here and elsewhere, sides with Mr. Michael.