While the substance of the consent decree is designed to make certain that police officers do not abuse the rights of the citizenry, the continued attacks on the police officers give the appearance that the police are always the bad guys. Even if the two sides can come together and work as partners in combating the crime explosion in Baltimore, they have a horrendous job on their hands.
The truth is that no matter how one slices it, the police department is at least 1,000 officers short of what’s needed to protect the citizens of Baltimore. And the truth is it will take years before these vacancies can be filled.
Therefore, until the career politicians in Baltimore are willing to admit this and take the decisive and bold step which the situation demands, the horrific crimes in in the city will continue. That action is to call out the National Guard.
Remember, even in a democracy, freedom is not absolute. Calling out the guard and getting them in sight as a back-up for the local patrol officers might place some limitations on our freedoms for a while (a curfew, for example). But that’s a lot better than to constantly hear, read about, or witness shots fired and people murdered. Isn’t it better to save lives and give city residents the safety they deserve?