As Baltimore struggles with a deadly start to the year, this week the mayor and police commissioner called on help from the community, other city agencies, prosecutors and even the president to help slow a pace of one homicide a day.
Twenty-six people have been killed in the year’s first 25 days. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis tried to assure residents that the department is doing everything it can, allocating more officers to patrol and redeploying gang and other special units to areas of the city where violence is the worst.
Shootings are up 44 percent compared to this time last year, while homicides are up 50 percent for the period. Carjackings are up more than 60 percent.
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