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Mayor should fight crime, not cops

From left, Maryland governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore police commissioner Michael Harrison and mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young speak briefly after emerging from a private meeting at Schaefer Tower regarding crime.
From left, Maryland governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore police commissioner Michael Harrison and mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young speak briefly after emerging from a private meeting at Schaefer Tower regarding crime. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is coming down on the police union for speaking out, and he’s called on Baltimore’s police union to stop making negative social media posts (“Baltimore Mayor Young calls recent police union tweets a ‘distraction,’ plans to meet with FOP leadership,” Aug. 28). On Wednesday, he said he plans to meet soon with union leaders and “ask them to work with him and the police commissioner to help fight Baltimore’s crime problem."

Crime is running rampant in Baltimore and all the mayor wants to do is curb “negative” comments despite the fact that they are true, and then he wants to have useless meetings. Mayor Young is doing nothing, and I don’t hear anyone bragging about the new crime plan lately. Guess that is not coming along too well.

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So now it appears the “gangsters” are taking on the police in direct confrontations and the police department supervisors are backing down. But then Mayor Young states that we’re “all upset with crime being out of control in the city” and that Baltimore needs “all our partners, including the FOP, to sit down and figure out how we can work together instead of everybody putting out all these little quotes” on social media.

He freely admits that crime is “out of control” and everyone is afraid to take it head on. He is more worried about tweets than police officers being shot. Maybe he should read the tweets and learn something from them. He is not out there in the line of fire. I believe he has body guards. That must be nice.

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No, Mr. Mayor, what you and Commissioner Michael Harrison need to do is take off the gloves and fight the criminal element in a not-so-nice way. Put them down before they put another police officer down. And if you can’t handle it, ask Gov. Larry Hogan to call in the National Guard. Put Baltimore and its residents before your personal image.

Even I am scared about living in this city and plan to get a handgun and a shotgun for protection. Maybe that is the answer — arm every resident of Baltimore and then let us handle the problem, protecting ourselves at least in our own local neighborhoods.

Stas Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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