Baltimore Businesses Request Police Crackdown on Low-Level Crimes

In Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood, a group of 37 restaurant and business leaders are threatening to withhold taxes and other fees until city officials enforce traffic and parking laws, stop “illegal open-air alcohol and drug sales,” and “empower police to responsibly do their job.”

The businesses sent their complaints in a June 8 letter addressed to Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, City Council President Nick Mosby, Councilmember Zeke Cohen, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. The letter comes as cities across the country are seeing a spike in homicides and gun violence, while other types of violent crimes have largely decreased. Three people were shot in Fells Point last weekend.

“What is happening in our front yard — the chaos and lawlessness that escalated this weekend into another night of tragic, unspeakable gun violence — has been going on for far too long,” the business leaders write….

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