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21 homicides in Baltimore this month; Northwest Baltimore Leaders Reflect on Response After Mass Shooting – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Chris Ervin and Joyce Smith fought for their Howard Park community.

Many people panicked after four men were shot, three of them killed in a mass shooting 11 days ago.

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The case is still unresolved.

“We wanted a plan, not just a response,” Ervin said.

After meeting with Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, they said patrols and enforcement had been increased.

But they believe more can be done, including sharing a plan to deal with crime in their neighborhood.

“You have to have a plan. You have to perform, and you have to be accountable,” said Ervin.

Smith has lived in the area for over 40 years. “We don’t want criminals to take over this community,” she said.

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Baltimore has seen a spike in homicides and non-fatal shootings from last year.

Harrison spoke to WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 about the response.

“We used every available source, but it hasn’t been translated yet,” says Harrison. “And I believe COVID has a lot to do with that because we don’t have an indictment, a trial, a grand jury for 18 months or so that seems to the offender, no consequences for the offender. it. That’s what we have to go back to. ”

The Commissioner also addressed juveniles who committed violent crimes.

Among the recent incidents, two 16-year-olds were charged with the murder of a Door Dash driver.

“They do it because they’re not afraid of any consequences.” Harrison said. “They don’t believe it exists. When we catch them and they turn right back and they see their friends and accomplices commit the crime and come back immediately, they all believe there are no consequences. So they think they can do it and get away with it.”

“Mature man’s behavior deserves the consequences of an adult man,” he added.

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At least 21 people have been murdered in Baltimore this month.

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