Veterans Day is always an emotional but grateful day. I am so grateful to all the men and women, past and present, who serve and protect this wonderful country. It was a pleasure to be at the Veterans Day program at the Meyerberg Center this morning and to be able to personally meet and thank many of our veterans.
We really never know all the heros that walk among us. Alex Epps, pictured with me below is a hero and purple heart recipient. I have known Alex for many years and never knew about all the years of incredible service and turmoil he incurred. I always knew he was a wonderful man but now I know he is a true hero.
Thank you to all who served and for all those who continue to fight and keep us all safe. #veteransday
City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, who chairs the council’s public safety committee, said “it really is disheartening that we continue to reach 300 murders in the city but our hope that it is the last year.”
Schleifer said he’s troubled by the number of repeat offenders who often commit multiple offenses, and the many unsolved cases.
"People who are victims of crimes and the community deserve closure and deserve to see resolution to the crimes that impact them,” he said.
Schleifer said he hopes to get help from the state in the coming General Assembly session.
“With the legislative session around the corner, we certainty are going to be going to Annapolis to lobby the state, which has control of the department, to help address some of the challenges we are seeing on the street," he said.
So far this year 295 people have been murdered as Baltimore braces to surpass the 300 mark for the fifth straight year. That’s 30 more than at this time last year, and the number of people who have been shot but survived has climbed by more than 100, to 681.
With a few free hours in between meetings this morning, I enjoyed speaking with many of the local business owners and residents in the district. We discussed the unacceptable amount of violence that has been occuring in the Northwest.
As someone who goes to the scene of most major incidents in the district, I've seen first hand the incredible amount of trauma caused by this level of violence.
I'd like to thank Commissioner Harrison for immediately sitting down with me as soon as we saw an uptick of crime and for agreeing to increase resources and deployments to the Northwest. Thank you also to Major Brickus and Captain Jenkins for your diligence and commitment to improving the current situation.