Divergent? Hunger Games? The Maze Runner?
|Sometimes, you have to wonder if the rapture already happened...|
Sorry, but the grim future foretold in these books (all popular movie franchises now) look like a walk in paradise compared to hell on earth found in the rapidly nightmarish conditions of Baltimore.
On May 5, members of the almost all-black Baltimore City Council wrote a letter to the Department of Justice, basically accusing the Baltimore Police Department of harboring racists:
"...the systemic mistreatment of members of the African-American community by some officers within the Baltimore Police Department helped contribute to a strained relationship between police and the citizens who depend on them for protection and service."So what did the Baltimore Police Department do? They gave up, turning over the keys of upholding law and order to the very people who took the streets to honor Freddie Gray and protest the perceived injustices committed by the police against blacks. [Baltimore Residents Fearful Amid Rash Of Homicides, CBS Baltimore, 5-28-15]:
Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore.
She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.
“I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”
Perrine’s brother is one of 36 people killed in Baltimore so far this month, already the highest homicide count for May since 1999. But while homicides are spiking, arrests have plunged more than 50 percent compared to last year.
The drop in arrests followed the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked protests against the police and some rioting, and led to the indictment of six officers.
Now West Baltimore residents worry they’ve been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them. In recent weeks, some neighborhoods have become like the Wild West without a lawman around, residents said.
“Before it was over-policing. Now there’s no police,” said Donnail “Dreads” Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was arrested.
“I haven’t seen the police since the riots,” Lee said. “People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren’t pulling them up like they used to.”
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said last week his officers “are not holding back” from policing tough neighborhoods, but they are encountering dangerous hostility in the Western District.
“Our officers tell me that when officers pull up, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time,” Batts said.
At a City Council meeting Wednesday, Batts said officers have expressed concern they could be arrested for making mistakes.
“What is happening, there is a lot of levels of confusion in the police organization.
There are people who have pain, there are people who are hurt, there are people who are frustrated, there are people who are angry,” Batts said. “There are people, and they’ve said this to me, `If I get out of my car and make a stop for a reasonable suspicion that leads to probable cause but I make a mistake on it, will I be arrested?’ They pull up to a scene and another officer has done something that they don’t know, it may be illegal, will they be arrested for it? Those are things they are asking.”Black elected officials, from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to City Councilman Nick Mosby and his utterly incompetent wife, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, have made it quite clear they stand with the black mob chanting "no justice, no peace" instead of behind the Baltimore Police Department.
The President of the City Council, Jack Young (also black), stood by violent black gang members following the riots in Baltimore, a clear sign the line dividing the state and those vying for power in the streets was no longer clear.
Black Police Commissioner Anthony Batts (perhaps the most incompetent public employee in Baltimore, and that's saying something!) whined that the people of Baltimore "are giving up on us," when the mayor of the city already gave up on upholding law and order when she famously said "we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well."
Marilyn Mosby, of course, "heard your [blacks] calls of no justice, no peace" and fed six members of the Baltimore Police to the wolves, sacrificial lambs so the riots could momentarily end.
But with this act, Mosby made it clear to all Baltimore police that they would also be sacrificed if they dared harm a black person during an arrest. She "empowered" the madness of unleashing the black genome on Baltimore, without police oversight.[Baltimore police union: Cops more afraid of going to jail than getting shot, Baltimore Sun, 5-28-15]:
The president of the Baltimore police union on Thursday said that criminals have become "empowered" following the recent unrest and that, with six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death, city police are more "afraid" of being arrested than shot on duty.
Gray, 25, died a week after suffering a severed spinal cord and other injuries in police custody. His death led to more than a week of protests and later rioting, that prompted a citywide curfew and the deployment of the National Guard.
"The criminals are taking advantage of the situation in Baltimore since the unrest," said Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3. "Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty."Mosby - who said "so we will pursue justice, by any and all means necessary"when it comes to exacting revenge on the heroin dealers murderers - and other black elected/appointed leaders (sic) have unleashed Africa on what is left of western civilization in Baltimore.
And in a tribute fitting to hard racial truths captured in Birth of a Nation, Marilyn and Nick Mosby will be the guest ringmasters of the UniverSoul Circus in Baltimore. [Marilyn Mosby, Nick Mosby to serve as circus ringmasters, Baltimore Sun, 5-28-15]:
What a busy few weeks Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has had. She appeared onstage with Prince. Sat down for an interview with Vogue.
And, of course, she made national news by pressing charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody.
Now Mosby and her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby, are about to be guest ringmasters for the UniverSoul Circus.
The couple is also slated to accept the "UniverSoul Circus Community Service Award for their commitment to the well-being of the Baltimore community" at Friday afternoon's performance, according to a press release from the circus.
The theme for this year's performance is "Your life matters." The circus opens today and runs through June 7 at Security Square Mall.
"She's doing positive things in the community," said Hank Ernest, a spokesman for UniverSoul Circus. He said the circus chose the couple, in part, because they are the parents of two young daughters.
Positive things in the community? Name one.
Somewhere, H.L. Mencken is sharing a drink with D.W. Griffith, laughing about the scene in Birth of a Nation depicting blacks in power (the "black congress" scene) and realizing life in 2015 Baltimore under black-rule is far worse: because as the state of the black-dominated shows, truth is far stranger than fiction.