There is No Plan
Reading “No Magic Bullet for Baltimore’s High Homicide Rate,” and hearing the empty platitudes offered by the mayor and city council president, only confirms that, when it comes to violent crime, they have no idea what to do. None.
There is no plan. No sense of urgency. As former Councilwoman Rikki Spector said in “Vignarajah Offers New Vision for Fighting Baltimore Crime,” in the Baltimore Sun Dec. 3, “I have never seen our local city leadership so out of touch with reality, unable to act, and unwilling to lead. Never. The mayor and council president seem numb to the death toll, obsessed with pointing blame at one another, and more focused on their own political ambitions than solving our problems.”
These are their signature ideas. At a moment when the city is desperate for real solutions, they have none.
Just before Thanksgiving, I released a 20-point crime plan, which award-winning columnist Frank DeFilippo described as “no doubt, the most comprehensive crime-fighting plan of anyone, including the police department and the Justice Department.” From aerial surveillance to federal wiretaps to rebuilding a stronger police force, our plan provides a concrete roadmap for how to get from where we are — a city with the highest murder and lowest clearance rates in the country — to where we need to be, a place where neighbors in every community are safe.
These career politicians are complicit in the crisis. They’ve had their chance to lead. They’ve failed. I won’t.
Thiru Vignarajah, Mayorial candidate and former Deputy Attorney General
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