Baltimore's been in the news over the past couple weeks, and a lot of blame for the situation has been correctly placed -albeit often misplaced - on festering problems there rather than just a single instance of police abuse.
Many including the likes of Jon Stewart and the President, claim that "not enough has been done" (or similar argument) which is code for not enough money spent. However, it turns out that just a couple of years ago over $2,800 per resident was showered upon Baltimore.
- Nearly all of Baltimore's public schools rank extremely poorly. The #6 school (out of 44) has fewer than 70% of students ranked as "proficient" in algebra, with an even worse proficiency rate in English (http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/maryland/districts/baltimore-city-public-schools
- Baltimore ranks #6 in violent crime per capita in large cities (>250k, 2012 data, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_crime_rate_%282012%29
- Baltimore is ranked at America's 6th poorest city: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/02/18/baltimore-ranked-one-of-americas-poorest-cities/
You get the idea. Point is: When politicians suggest that the root of the problem is lack of money, they might very well be offloading the blame on inept and/or corrupt public administration. Baltimore's city council is a single-party monopoly with 100% belonging to one party*. Lack of competition, not just in industry**, but of ideas is what has kept Baltimore back.
**Baltimore doesn't bother to compete, it drove industry out long ago due to all the usual reasons.