Arrest Data That May Help Explain The Baltimore RiotsThese are real numbers and real facts. This is a real problem and Martin O'Malley should own up to his contribution to the destruction of real lives.
In an interview with The Marshall Project this week, David Simon, creator of "The Wire" and a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, blamed the War on Drugs for the rise of bad policing generally, and former Mayor Martin O'Malley specifically for pushing the police to try to reduce crime rates through mass arrests. O'Malley went on to the governor's office and is now an unofficial presidential candidate."[T]he department began sweeping the streets of the inner city, taking bodies on ridiculous humbles, mass arrests, sending thousands of people to city jail, hundreds every night, thousands in a month,"
In 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action complaint alleging a pattern of false arrests. Of more than 76,000 people arrested the previous year, prosecutors declined to charge 25,000 with any crime -- meaning roughly 30 percent of the arrests were basically bogus
. In a 2010 settlement the city agreed to reform its police practices, though last year the Baltimore Sun reported on a persisting pattern of police brutality.
The website Vocativ created a visualization of the number of false arrests below.A decade ago, the city conducted arrests sweeps, and wound up taking into custody tens of thousands of people who were never charged.
~ In 2005, Baltimore PD arrested 76,497 people without warrants.
~ Prosecutors declined to charge 25,293 of them.
~ Prosecutors could not prove charges against 7,510 people for loitering, impeding or obstructing pedestrian traffic.
~ Prosecutors could not prove charges against 1,832 people for trespassing, or 1,650 arrested for disorderly conduct/disturbing the peace/failure to obey.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/01/baltimore-arrests-_n_7188558.html?ir=Politics&ncid=newsltushpmg00000003