BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Carjacked, thrown to the ground, and driven over with his own car.
The wife of a Baltimore County man who was attacked during a carjacking talks to WJZ about the vicious attack that now has four teens behind bars.
Right now, Baltimore County police are looking for two other teens still wanted in connection with the carjacking that left a man seriously injured.
Police aren’t saying how they connected the dots, but we now know that a Comcast worker caught the entire incident on video.
The victim, identified as 69-year-old Jim Willinghan, is still recovering at Shock Trauma, but his wife says he will be moved to another facility to undergo six months of rehab for his broken pelvis.
Last Wednesday morning, Baltimore County police say six teens viciously carjacked, assaulted, and drove over Willinghan.
Willinghan’s wife says he will be at Shock Trauma for 10 more days, before being moved to another facility to start the rehab.
Three of the teens arrested in this case are being charged as adults, for attempted murder, assault, carjacking, and other charges.
( NPR ) For the third year in a row, Baltimore, Md., has had more than 300 murders, reaching a new record of murders per number of residents in 2017.
Some residents attribute the high murder rate to relaxed police patrols in the city following high-profile cases of police brutality. Officers have backed off in neighborhoods, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested.
The Rev. Kinji Scott, a pastor in Baltimore who’s held positions in local city government, says the opposite needs to happen.
“We wanted the police there,” Scott says. “We wanted them engaged in the community. We didn’t want them beating the hell out of us, we didn’t want that.”
He’s among activists who are calling for police reform to reduce the violence in Baltimore and several other high-crime cities across the U.S. that he says haven’t seen change. That change begins with a conversation between the communities directly involved, Scott says.
“We need the front line police officers and we need the heart of the black community to step to the forefront of this discussion,” he says. “And that’s when we’re going to see a decrease in crime.”
- “Cops are backing off of proactive policing in high-crime minority neighborhoods, and criminals are becoming emboldened,”
- Chicago alone was responsible for 22 percent of the nationwide murder increase in 2016
- Baltimore homicides exploded by more than 60 percent to 344.
( Daily Caller ) At first glance, the number seems like an error — as if an FBI statistician had accidentally transposed some digits in the bureau’s annual report on crime released earlier this week.
Were there really 765 murders in Chicago in 2016? A year after the city tallied 478, and the year before that 411? A reader unfamiliar with Chicago’s recent crime history would likely say the true number has to be 576 or, worst case, 675.
Alas, anyone who has been paying attention to violence in Chicago knows the FBI didn’t make a mistake — the shocking number is accurate. Chicago’s annual murder total jumped 86 percent in the space of two years, evoking memories of the early 1990s crack wars when annual homicide totals regularly approached 1,000.
As Fordham University law professor John Pfaff noted on Twitter, Chicago alone was responsible for 22 percent of the nationwide murder increase in 2016.
Although that horrifying statistic stands out, Chicago’s wave of killing wasn’t an aberration, nationally speaking. Six other major U.S. cities experienced a surge in murders in at least one year between 2014 and 2016. (RELATED: The FBI Just Confirmed What Sessions Has Been Saying About Violent Crime)
Baltimore, for example, recorded 211 murders in 2014, a relatively peaceful year for the violence-plagued city. The next year, homicides exploded by more than 60 percent to 344.
As McDonald sees it, agitation by groups such as Black Lives Matter, encouraged by slanted media coverage, has led to a retrenchment among big-city police forces. Street cops are so worried about being vilified by city leaders and the press that they are avoiding contact with the criminal element, she says.
“Cops are backing off of proactive policing in high-crime minority neighborhoods, and criminals are becoming emboldened,” MacDonald wrote in a Sept. 25 piece for City Journal. “Having been told incessantly by politicians, the media, and Black Lives Matter activists that they are bigoted for getting out of their cars and questioning someone loitering on a known drug corner at 2 AM, many officers are instead just driving by.”
Left-wing vandals smashed a 225-year old monument to Christopher Columbus in Baltimore early Monday morning. The edifice is documented as the oldest still standing in the nation dedicated to the explorer, the Baltimore Brew first reported.
The monument is located directly across the street from Herring Run Park, northeast of Lake Montebello. It was built by Frenchman Chevalier d’Anemours, or d’Anmour, at Belmont, his 50-acre estate near Harford Road and North Avenue.
- Statues removed included a memorial to Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
- Black Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun. “They needed to come down”
( Breitbart ) In a stealth purging of history, the city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues from city property under cover of night early Tuesday morning.
City crews began the destruction of the monuments just before midnight and finished by 5:30 a.m., the Hill reported.
The city council quietly approved the removal late on Monday in a unanimous vote.
“It’s done,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun. “They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”
“I did not want to endanger people in my own city,” the African American mayor said. “I had begun discussions with contractors and so forth about how long it would take to remove them. I am a responsible person, so we moved as quickly as we could. ”
The statues removed included a memorial to Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney as well as Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Also eliminated in the middle of the night were monuments to Confederate soldiers and sailors and the Confederate Women’s monument.
- Video recorded by an officer during a drug arrest in January shows the officer placing a soup can, which holds a plastic bag, into a trash-strewn lot.
- The footage was recorded automatically, before the officer activated the camera. After placing the can, the officer walks to the street, and flips his camera on.
- He returns to the lot and picks up the soup can, removing the plastic bag, which is filled with white capsules
- The man, unable to post $50,000 bail, had been in jail since January, according to attorney Deborah Levi, who is leading a new effort to track police misconduct cases for the public defender’s office
Police and prosecutors in Baltimore have launched investigations after being alerted to body camera footage that the public defender’s office says shows an officer planting drugs.
One officer has been suspended and two others have been placed on administrative duty, police said. Police said they have not reached any conclusions as to the conduct depicted in the video. Other cases in which the officers are involved are now under review as well, police and prosecutors said.
The public defender’s office, which released the footage, said it was recorded by an officer during a drug arrest in January. It shows the officer placing a soup can, which holds a plastic bag, into a trash-strewn lot.
That portion of the footage was recorded automatically, before the officer activated the camera. After placing the can, the officer walks to the street, and flips his camera on.
“I’m gonna go check here,” the officer says. He returns to the lot and picks up the soup can, removing the plastic bag, which is filled with white capsules.
Police cameras have a feature that saves the 30 seconds of video before activation, but without audio. When the officer is first in the alley, there is no audio for the first 30 seconds.
The public defender’s office flagged the video for prosecutors last week, prompting prosecutors to drop the heroin possession charge against the man arrested.
The man, unable to post $50,000 bail, had been in jail since January, according to attorney Deborah Levi, who is leading a new effort to track police misconduct cases for the public defender’s office.
Levi said prosecutors called the officer just days later as a witness in another case — without disclosing the allegations of misconduct on the officer’s part to the defense attorney in that case.
“You can’t try a case with that guy and not tell anyone about it,” Levi said.
- Former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake :”We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,”
Following the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while in police custody, the riots in Baltimore that ensued left businesses looted and destroyed. Worse, police were ordered to stand down while all rioting and destruction occurred.
Former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as well as current mayor Catherine Pug are both named in the suit. Rawlings was the mayor at the time of the riots, and was widely criticized for her horrendous response to the riots.
“We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” she said in the aftermath of the attack, leading to widespread outrage among store owners who lost everything.
“The City failed them when they adopted a policy of restraint and issued stand-down orders, caring more about the public perception that they feared would result with increased police presence than preventing what were clearly preventable riots,” the lawyer for the businesses suing the city said.
WBAL-TV reported that the lawsuit asks for compensation for the damages, but does not list a specific dollar amount. It is unclear if a specific amount will be asked for at a later date as the lawsuit progresses.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the court filing is over 700 pages long, and lists in great detail exactly what happened to the roughly 60 businesses that are part of this lawsuit.