xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

MLK and the new police commissioner

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that she has chosen New Orleans police superintendent Michael Harrison to lead the city’s police department, a day after her previous pick for commissioner withdrew from consideration.

Martin Luther King Jr. has always been the embodiment of non-violence, yet in Baltimore on the same holiday commemorating his birthday 13 people were shot and 3 murdered (“13 shootings in Baltimore over MLK holiday weekend, despite cold; 3 dead, 11 injured,” Jan. 22).

Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick as the next police commissioner, Michael Harrison, will soon be in town to check things out before he hopefully takes over (“Baltimore is optimistic about Michael Harrison. But what about the next commissioner?” Jan. 23). I’m sure that he follows the news as we all do, and while it is no secret that there are serious problems to be dealt with, how is he going to bring order back to the city?

Advertisement

There is a small but deadly sub-culture that thrives on great violence in Baltimore. They grew up learning from an early age that screaming, yelling, hitting and whippings are quick and effective tools for getting your way. They graduated from using fists as weapons as small children to clubs, knives and guns as teenagers. Not burdened with any conscience of any kind, the resolution of any conflict comes down to who has the quickest reflex to strike, maim and kill.

It’s a simple matter of exercising power over others with nothing more than the cost of ammo in doing business. How is Mr. Harrison ever going to stop the violence against that thinking?

Advertisement

Dan Crumpler

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement