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When asked about the climbing murder rate in Baltimore City, Commissioner Bealefeld claimed overall violent crime to be down. He said we should not focus on the homicide rate or other statistical data, but instead on the root causes of violence.
The Commissioner called on much greater community involvement, challenging the community to be more involved, particularly with young people.
For years, the police department and city hall officially denied having a gang problem, but at the Voice Against Violence rally, Bealefeld spoke directly about the attraction gangs hold for city youth. Referring to the lack of viable options for youth drawn to gangs, Bealefeld said "we need a lot of people involved."
"Stop talking about it, and start doing something about it," was the repeated plea to the city from the Police Commissioner.
filed by A.F. James MacArthur
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