When we hear of high crime rates it’s typically synonymous with Chicago, but while all attention has been on the Windy City, Baltimore has been completely ignored. The city never fully recovered after the riots there and crime has gotten increasingly worse, specifically the murder rate which rivals even that of Chicago’s South Side.
The year isn’t even close to over yet and there have already been 101 murders on record in Baltimore. Pugh knows that as the weather begins to warm up, the death toll rises and she can’t afford to lose citizens at an even more rapid rate than what it already is. Out of options and resources, she personally went down the FBI office in Baltimore and asked for as many extra agents as she could get to team up with the city’s police to tackle the murdering spree, CNN reports.
Speaking at a news conference, Pugh said, “Murder is out of control. There are too many guns on the streets. We’re looking for all the help we can get.” Adding to that sentiment, Anthony McCarthy told CNN, “The summers in Baltimore tend to be very violent. The mayor wants to get a handle on all the murders, the flood of guns on the streets, and the gang activity.”