This year 1 in every 2,000 Baltimoreans will be murdered.
As of today, 1 in every 2000 residents of Baltimore has been murdered this year. Few, if any, have been killed with assault weapons.— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) December 5, 2015
I know this number is true. I've done math. But I still needed to double check. And in many ways it's even worse. Because we know most people in Baltimore aren't going to get murdered. 86 percent of those killed in Baltimore are black men. Collectively, you can group together all whites, all black women, all hispanics, and all asians. Together they account for just 11 percent of Baltimore homicide victims. (Race is unknown 3 percent of time.)
Lethal violence doubled after riots.
I still want an apology from those idiots who went on national radio and TV with me saying police were the main problem and violence wasn't even up in Baltimore the riots (they used, "uprising"). Bet I'm not going to get one. I don't know if anybody still claims that, but nobody ever admitted they were wrong.
I spend my Saturday night playing with Excel and SPSS. I made three charts that all say the same thing in slightly different ways. I'm not certain which one is the best. Here they all are.
There are about 180,000 black men in Baltimore. To date 273 have been murdered. Yes. This year, one in every 660 black men in Baltimore has been murdered.
[Update: 304 black men were killed in Baltimore in 2015. One in every 600 black men was murdered in 2015.]
And it gets worse. There are only about 45,000 18- to 35-year-old black men in Baltimore. By year's end, more than 200 will have been killed and another 500 will be shot but live. 45,000 divided by 700 is 64. One in 64 black men 18 to 35 will be shot or killed. One in 225 will be murdered. One year. Think of those odds. Officer William Porter, a black guy from Baltimore who survived those odds, he was working to save lives. He was trying to make his city a safer place. Now Portor is on trial for basically doing his job. Who are the only people who see every bloody crime scene? Who do we send in to deal with this literal and figurative bloody mess? Police officers. "Do something!" we order them.
And the mayor and State's Attorney? They're using their precious resources to lock up the same exact cops they told to "do something" about the drug corner Freddie Gray was on when he ran from police. And poor Freddie Gray? The lead-poisoned drug-addicted barely-literate low-level habitual criminal? He's a victim, too. But he's not a hero. They've name a "Youth Empowerment Centers" after him? If you can't find a better role model for black youth in Baltimore, you're not looking hard enough.
Maybe if we can keep the focus on the police, nobody will ever get around to noticing the who real is to blame. No need to blame Freddie's mom, the drugs, lead paint, the schools, the city, the neighborhood, the corrupt politicians, the self-serving religious leaders, the violence, the racism, the criminals, the blight, the lack of jobs, or even Freddie himself. Nope. None of them's on trial. Only the PO-leece.