How Baltimore Police Are Responding To The Spike In Violent Crime | WYPR

How Baltimore Police Are Responding To The Spike In Violent Crime

Jun 10, 2015

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As Baltimore reeled from a surge in homicides since April, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts insisted police are focused, and fighting. He said last week at a press conference that the spike in shootings was driven by 175,000 doses of prescription drugs looted from pharmacies during the rioting: "Criminals are selling those stolen drugs, there are turf wars happening which are leading to violence and shootings in our city. We have established a task force with our federal counterparts to bring state and federal charges against individuals who committed crimes, harmed our officers, and broke and looted our businesses in our city."

So far in June, at least 13 more people have died in homicides in Baltimore. We all want to understand the forces at work behind the onslaught of violence, and what could stop it. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis joins Sheilah now to talk about it.