'I'm Not Committing The Murders,' Baltimore Mayor Says Murder Rate Not His Fault

"It's not any lack of leadership on my part," Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said. "I've been moving this city forward."

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said that the city’s booming murder rate has nothing to do with a lack of leadership among city officials.

“It’s not any lack of leadership on my part. I’ve been moving this city forward,” Young told WJZ on Nov. 13, as the city braced to surpass 300 homicides for the fifth year. “I’m not committing the murders.”

“That’s what people need to understand. I’m not committing the murders. The police commissioner is not committing it,” the mayor continued. “The council is not committing it. So how can you fault leadership? You know this has been five years of 300-plus murders, and I don’t see it as a lack of leadership.”

Young’s comments were made in the wake of an op-ed piece penned by The Y in Central Maryland President and CEO John Hoey, which was published by The Baltimore Sun on Nov. 11.

Hoey argued that the city is in the “midst of an existential crisis,” and that leaders have failed to implement “laws, practices and actions” to reduce the violent crime rate.

“Other cities have successfully reduced their violent crime rate significantly, but in Baltimore we have had not just a crisis of confidence but, in my view, a crisis of leadership,” he wrote. “This is a plea to those in elected office, and those who seek to be, to acknowledge the crisis we are in and to focus on it like your hair's on fire, because our city is, essentially on fire.”

Young doubled-down on his defensive comments during a brief interview with WBFF on Nov. 18.

“We’re moving forward and we’re committed to reduce crime in the city, and that’s my final comment on that,” he said as he walked away from reporters.

Critics blasted Young for failing to outline a specific plan to combat the city’s violent crime rate, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“Residents deserve to know their leaders have a vision to coordinate our precious resources in the fight against violent crime effectively and urgently, not passing the buck,” City Council President Brandon Scott said.

“If he thinks it’s not just his job to end the bloodshed, he should hand over the reins to someone who realizes it is,” former city and federal prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah added, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Young later released a statement in response to the criticism.

“While no leaders in our city are personally responsible for these crimes, ALL of us have a role to play in stopping them,” he said. “And, as Mayor, I take and will continue to take responsibility for making our city safer and cleaner.”

“But the City leadership can’t do it alone,” the mayor added. “We need community leaders, stakeholders, and everyday Baltimoreans to come together and work to reduce gun violence.”

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flybynight
flybynight

Clearly this is Trump's fault. 🙄

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Mayor Young's Statement on the Gun Trace Task Force Investigation Wednesday Oct 23rd, 2019

...In 2014, I was the first elected official to call on the Department of Justice to come in and investigate the patterns and practices of the BPD I also led the push to implement a body-worn camera program that has resulted in reductions to citizen-driven complaints against officers and to a number of disciplinary actions taken against officers caught on camera violating departmental policies...

On April 7, 2017, the City of Baltimore and the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a Consent Decree. Among other things, it ensures:

  • Baltimore establishes a Community Oversight Task Force to recommend reforms to the current system of civilian oversight.
  • BPD adopts a policing approach that is community-oriented and based on problem solving principles.
  • Officers’ voluntary interactions are professional and courteous, and officers conduct all investigatory stops, searches and arrests in a manner that protects people’s rights.
  • BPD provides equal protection of the law for all individuals, including providing impartial policing services.
  • Officers use appropriate de-escalation techniques and attempt to resolve incidents without force when possible; use force in a manner that is proportional to the threat presented; and BPD’s use of force policies, training and review systems provide sufficient guidance, skills and accountability.
  • BPD transports detainees in a manner that keeps them safe.
  • Officers respect the First Amendment rights of all persons.
  • BPD investigates sexual assault thoroughly and without gender bias.
  • Baltimore conducts an assessment to minimize youth involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems, as appropriate, and that officers approach interactions with youth in a manner appropriate to their age.

His agenda seems to be much more focused on going after LEOs than criminals.

On Aug 28, 2019, Young called on on Baltimore’s police union to stop making combative social media posts. The same day, Baltimore's FOP asked for a meeting with the mayor. Mayor Young declined.

shooter
shooter

@Jim H. - Virginia US This is what happens when a society declares war on police, and policing.

JBoH
JBoH

"...we’re committed to reduce crime in the city..."

I feel better already. Soon...right?

Anomie88
Anomie88

Who is committing the murders then, Mr. Mayor? It's not Republicans.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

“That’s what people need to understand. I’m not committing the murders. The police commissioner is not committing it,” the mayor continued. “The council is not committing it. So how can you fault leadership? You know this has been five years of 300-plus murders, and I don’t see it as a lack of leadership.”

That's a sickening display of cowardice, stupidity and a blatant refusal to take responsibility for what is clearly his duty.

What stands out is "I'M NOT COMMITTING THE MURDERS"

Spoken like a child, rather than a leader.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I live in Baltimore City and this man and the Police Commissioner are clueless. The murder rate just keeps on climbing. God bless everyone have a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving 🙏🏼🦃💓

Judid292
Judid292

Isn't he some type of special?!? 🥴

Patriot63
Patriot63

Typical left liberal answer. There leader Hellary set the example of "It's not my fault" that I lost. Everyone else that actually uses there Brian knows that it's his fault for ignoring the issue. He's not implementing the actions under his authority to get control of the situation.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Of course it's not the mayor's fault..... just ask the mayor of Chicago: she's tell you the rise in murders is clearly the fault of the police

Stanracer
Stanracer

Ah.......ok?🤔

colonelorville
colonelorville

In the City (It's a total mess these days) where I worked the Mayor blamed the Police when crime went up and took the credit Herself, when it went down.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

More liberal insanity!

In ever corner of this country from private business to public servants the buck ALWAYS STOPS WITH THE PERSON OR PERSONS IN CHARGE!!

You ACCEPT THAT RESPONSIBILTY for the big bucks or your ego

So when it’s going good you take credit

But when it doesn’t you all make this stupid argument after all your measures to go after law enforcement and the law abiding citizens!

Remember people you get what you ELECT!!

Keep electing these POS over and over again expecting something different!!

Just LOOK at the past and learn Make changes!!

Or nothing will change!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

This is not a leadership problem it's a people problem an I have no clue how to fix it

DarrellB
DarrellB

Amazing things I'm finding:

  • The Public Safety Cmmte. wants to shift the mandate for a crime plan to the Dept. of Health?!?!
  • The city's crime bill is hopefully locked in partisan politics.
  • Two members of the Civilian oversight cmmte. have been robbed at gunpoint point. A third has been severely beaten and robbed.
  • Police Commissioner Harrison rejects the notion that criminals have been emboldened because if the "shift" in policing focus.
  • The former leader of what is widely considered to be the worst police force in the nation (New Orleans) is now the leader appointed in Baltimore crying that nothing is his fault!
  • The city believed that creating a majority black police force and black leadership would make everything better.
  • Mayor O'Malley implemented the "New York" model of zero tolerance and dropped crime first the first time in 20 years.
  • Arrests fell by one third and home rates dropped when Police Officers and the city leaders WORKED TOGETHER to insure proper conviction and sentencing from 2006 to 2011. The focus was on Intel driven high value arrests.
  • The damage done by Maryland Mosby can never be measured.
  • Each new Democrat leader appointed to save Baltimore has been arrested, convicted, accused, went to jail or resigned. No wonder criminals feel emboldened.
MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Liberal democrat LOOSERS.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Mayor Young's response is the white collar equivalent of "what you stop me fo? I din do nuffin".