Yesterday, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin spoke with two active Baltimore police officers in an anonymous interview regarding the city’s less aggressive, softer approach to crime. The officers stated that Baltimore’s leaders do not have their backs, which has left them no choice but to back off when it comes to proactive policing.
On May 1, after State Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers with the death of drug dealer Freddie Gray, Baltimore experienced the worst crime wave since 1972, with 42 murders and nearly one hundred shootings. When asked about the spike in crime and their oaths to “serve and protect,” the officers told Baldwin the slowdown “does a disservice to the law-abiding citizens[.] … It does a disservice to everybody except the criminal element[.]” But they have little choice due to the current leadership.
One officer said “everybody has lost something” in this situation, referring to Gray’s death.
When asked what the officers lost, he replied: “Their lives. I mean, they will never be able to go back to their normal life at this point. It doesn’t matter if they’re exonerated, which they should be. It doesn’t matter. This is a life-changing event, which can’t be turned back around.”