The unveiling of the Freddie Gray Youth Empowerment Center, a memorial and symbol of hope: named to honor a convicted heroin dealer.
A 24/7 around-the-clock 'war-room' to combat violence was launched, a strategy normally required for periods of prolonged conflict or for when an actual war is underway...
All of this in the past week. And now this. [East Baltimore anti-violence group work suspended after guns, drugs found in raid, Baltimore Sun, July 14, 2015]:
City officials have suspended operations of the Safe Streets anti-violence program in East Baltimore after police officers found seven guns and drugs stashed inside the Monument Street office.
Police said a robbery investigation led them to the office, and two employees were among those arrested.
The suspension sidelines the program's work in East Baltimore at a time when gun violence has been spiking. Safe Streets, a grant-funded program under the city's Health Department, uses ex-felons in an effort to stem crime.
The program has been lauded for keeping violence at a minimum in the four neighborhoods where it operates, and some officials have urged its replication across the city. The program has had trouble in the past, with offices previously suspended in 2010 and 2013 amid criminal allegations against employees.
It has also faced criticism over its recruiting practices.
"Safe Streets works because employees are often ex-offenders who have credibility in the neighborhoods they serve," Health Commissioner Leana Wen said Tuesday.
"This incident is a reflection on the individuals involved, and should not take away the great successes of Safe Streets and the role it has played in reducing violence."
The three other Safe Streets sites in the city remain open. Wen said the Health Department will conduct a "full debriefing" on the entire program.
In 2013, the West Baltimore Safe Streets program was suspended, because two employees were arrested in a mere span of a few weeks (in 2009, a Safe Streets program worker was one of 12 people wounded in a single incident in East Baltimore).
The Baltimore Police Department presence throughout all of the city has completely dropped, with violence, vice, and murder filling the void.
For those unaware of what occurred in Africa when the European powers engaged in de-colonization during the 20th Century, the exact same thing is occurring in 65 percent black Baltimore, where an almost entirely black elected and appointed government is presiding over the Africanization of a formerly European city.