Brochin: City Needs State Police Presence

Baltimore County Democratic senator says his constituents don't feel safe visiting Baltimore and are no longer going.

UPDATED (5:06 p.m.)—Sen. Jim Brochin said Tuesday that Baltimore County residents don't feel safe visiting Baltimore and called on Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to use Maryland State Police to patrol the Inner Harbor.

The Towson Democrat made his comments weeks after Del. Pat McDonough, a Middle River Republican, called on O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake to deal with "" and declared the Inner Harbor a no travel zone.

"My constituents are talking about this and they say they don't feel safe going down there and they aren't going down there," Brochin said, adding that he disagreed with McDonough's racially-charged presentation but agreed that something needs to be done to make the area safer.

"Everyone knows that most of the people in these incidents are black youth but you don't have to say 'black youth mobs," Brochin said. "You only inflame the issue. The part of [McDonough's] issue that is solid is that the city resources can only be stretched so far and there are only so many police officers they can hire."

Brochin said O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake should put together a task force and look at the idea of using state police in the Inner Harbor area during the tourist season.

"All you have to do is look at the video from St. Patrick's Day and you'll see 100 youths running and wilding down the street," Brochin said.

The issue is one of importance to county residents, according to Brochin.

"I'm out door-knocking in my district and constituents in my old and new district are talking about this and saying they don't feel safe going down there and they're not going," Brochin said. "Everyone knows the people of Baltimore County are one of the engines that drive the economy in Baltimore City."

Brochin said he and Councilmen Todd Huff and David Marks, two Republicans, worked together to solve issues related to problems with youths near the Towson Town Center.

O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake are dismissing the issue because it comes from McDonough, according to Brochin.

"That put me over the top. Their response is nothing," said Brochin.

A spokesman for Rawlings-Blake declined to comment for this post.

North Baltimore Patch Local Editor Adam Bednar contributed to this report.

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You June 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Crack is the least of the issues that caused the issues. Stop listening to rappers trying to make sense (excuses) for a broken culture. I lived in the city in the 80's in a predominately black neighborhood. Crack was NOT a serious issue. Crack became another PC excuse for failure of a culture. Get yours facts straight.
You June 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM
If you have any sort of political education you will know that every county is inter-related to its neighboring county. Baltimore County now a days spends a lot of money to have officers directly stationed on the city/county lines to patrol and arrest the thugs transporting drugs and stolen cars into/out of the city. (Examples: Belair Rd, Harford Rd, Philadelphia Rd, Rt. 40, Perring Parkway, York Rd, I-83, Eastern Ave to just name a few in the north/east. These patrol cars are there to stop drug trafficking and stolen property and stolen cars. Also the State of Maryland pays more tax money to the City of Baltimore then any other county throughout the state. That my friend is everyone's tax money! Facts and Education pays!
Grace B. June 06, 2012 at 11:00 PM
We no longer go into the city. We haven't been to a Ravens or Orioles game in years. Nothing could make us ever want to venture into the city again. I would love to go to the Hippodrome or the Lyric to see a show now and then. But, we just won't do it. The last time we went to the Lyric, there was a shooting about three blocks away, occurring at about the same time we were walking to our car. The State Police aren't going to help the situation. I don't think the National Guard could do much to help the situation. Baltimore City is dying a slow, agonizing death; and taking much of the surrounding counties along with it. That being said, we very rarely venture into the White Marsh Mall area either. I had a close call there a few weeks ago when someone tried to get into my car. It is quickly going the way of Baltimore City.
moe green June 06, 2012 at 11:29 PM
The hoods in the city that breeds and bleeds will eat the troopers alive.
PMM49 June 07, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I love that all you folks who say that never go into the City, or try to avoid it, claim such knowledge about what goes on there. My wife and I frequent many areas of the city when we go out to dinner, to festivals, movies, and other various events and we have yet to have a problem. I'm not sure how much time Senators Brochin or McDonough spend there. We are downtown or at Belvedere Square or on the Avenue in Hampden just about every week. As recently as this past Saturday night, we had dinner in Harbor East, walked around the area after dinner and lived to tell about it. Didn't see any "gangs" of roving youths of any persuasion, just lots of folks of all ages having a good time and enjoying themselves. Brochin and McDonough, and the citizens they represent would be well served if they would return their focus to the Districts and their problems. They clearly lack a true understanding of the reality of the situation. The idea that the State Police have the resources to add downtown Baltimore to their responsibilities is laughable. They are stretched to the limit as it is.
CharmCityLights June 07, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Baltimore City has real problems; no one can deny that. With that said, these politicians from the county have no standing to talk about them. Their only concern seems to be about the harbor. Well, I hate to break it to them, but the harbor is the least of any city resident's concerns. It would be great if the city could get some help from the state for public safety. But if state troopers were to be called in, they should be sent to Baltimore's neighborhoods, not to a fading tourist attraction which has never succeeded as the economic engine it was touted to be. Brochin and McDonough want their constituents to feel safe walking around the harbor, but in McDonough's case at least, that seems to be an impossibility. Apparently, the mere sight of a crowd of black folks is enough to leave him quivering in fear. I don't doubt that many of his constituents are the same. Obviously there have been some worrying incidents down at the harbor in the last few years, but I don't believe that he witnessed anything. I mean, did he call the cops? Did he take any immediate action? No, he waited a month, and then decided to slag off the whole city.
CharmCityLights June 07, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Frankly, it's not his words that were racist. There have been some incidents which match his description, though as I've said, I don't believe he witnessed anything. What does strike me as racist, is the narrow scope of his and Brochin's concern. Baltimore had 197 murders last year. The victims of those murders were overwhelmingly African American, and overwhelmingly, they had criminal records. Yet all these people in the county, quake in fear at the very idea of entering the city. I live here, I travel widely throughout the Baltimore, and while street smarts are important in any urban area, I have never had a problem. Look at the statistics. Look at the Sun's murder map. If you are white and aren't involved with drugs, you are as safe in the city as in most suburban jurisdictions. So if we are going to deploy state police resources to the city, let's use them to combat real problems. Let's use them to make the city safer for everyone, rather than to allay the paranoia of suburbanites who aren't comfortable being in the minority for once.
CharmCityLights June 07, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Finally, I find this idea--perpetuated here by Brochin--that the city is oh so dependent on county residents, completely laughable. It's the other way around. The truth of the matter is, half of Baltimore's problems stem from the fact that so many people work here, while living and paying taxes in the county. What we need, more than the state police, more that the piddling amounts that suburbanites spend here on Friday and Saturday nights out, is a commuter tax. Those funds could be used to lower the city's property tax rate, to fix the schools, and to address public safety, all of which would help to make Bmore more attractive to prospective residents.
Harry Callahan June 07, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Abel, Son, you just don't understand how life works. If I go downtown and one of these "at risk youth" decides to attack me and I kick their ass or even find it necessary to draw my legally carried firearm and waste them, then my life will change forever. Their family will appear on the local media along with throngs of their many friends telling everyone "what a nice person" the thug is/was and how they were "just getting their life together" when thhis "unfortunate incident happened". My legal bills will rival the national debt as I try to protect myself from a court system that favors the "rights" of these scumbags to prey on law-abiding citizens rather than protecting my rights. Don't believe this? Give George Zimmerman a call in Florida (a state that has a strong stand your ground law). No sir, Abel, I have no desire to put myself, and everything I worked for during my entire law-abiding life in jeopardy just to defend myself in the God-forsaken sewer known as Baltimore City.
Buck Harmon June 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM
If you had a real name I'd nominate you for mayor...
You June 07, 2012 at 02:49 PM
So many people throwing around "your racist" if you speak up against an obvious and true fact. This is the politically correct fools that have no insight or defense to the honest facts here, so they play the race card. I want to make a point to all of those people calling "us" responsible, hard working, moral, and value driven tax paying citizens... racists. 1. I am a middle class, law abiding, honest, hard working, respectful, loving father and husband, volunteer in the community, and never even considered committing a crime; in fact, I have on many occasions been a Good Samaritan when I saw a crime or person in distress and I helped out. The majority of people whom I have helped in distress over the years have been black women and black children. 2. I hate white supremacy! I hate racism! I hate serious criminals! I dis-like white trash druggies and abusive people! I dis-like people who lie and deceive when it is obvious they know they are doing it! And also I dis-like mobs of black youth that run wild in the streets for many years now with one agenda; to cause fear, panic, and to break the law! Racism has nothing to do with telling the truth!
Able Baker June 07, 2012 at 02:55 PM
You appear to have spent a lot of time on your elaborately constructed fantasy. Kudos to you.
Able Baker June 07, 2012 at 02:59 PM
If you're honestly saying that crack had a minimal effect on the inner city, I can't argue with you. Once you're that divorced from reality, there's no point in discussing it.
You June 07, 2012 at 03:00 PM
3. In 2008, a girl (22 yo) I knew was brutally beaten with a brick over her head in broad daylight in Charles Village. Why? Because 5 black teens were saying sexually explicit things to her on a bus stop and trying to get her to have sex with them in an alley. She ignored them. They started making very racist comments to her (as a witness also saw). Then they smashed her over the head with a brick repeatedly while yelling racial epitaphs at her. She was hospitalized for months. Today she has brain damage and those pieces of crap were never caught! It received a very brief headline on the news. 4. Of course, the famous robbery and beating of an innocent Canton man by a group of black teens (he was in a coma and later died). Then the racial beating of a young Asian man in Federal Hill by a group of black teens (which dozens of witness' watched and reported that is was purely racism). And the racial motivated beating of a white woman and her disabled child on the light rail while she taking her daughter to the JHU for treatment (the mob was a dozen black girls yelling racial names as they beat them both). Last year the 4th of July murder of a white out of state tourist father by a group of black thugs. The most current racially motivated beating of a young white man on St. Patrick's Day by the now infamous 200+ mob of black youth running wild causing fear, panic, terrorism, and crimes. These are to just name a select few of these black youth racial mob beating!!!
Able Baker June 07, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Are some of your best friends black too?
You June 07, 2012 at 03:11 PM
5. My father, a 67 year old lifelong small business owner in Baltimore City was beaten by a black teen while others stood outside and watched. There was no motivation but simply selected him because his was white old, thin and easy target for their humor. Luckly, my father was ok. But now he has to lock the doors to his business and now has a loaded handgun nearby. This my PC friends is not a one time thing! This is a major growing issue that must be addressed! I am assuming because you all feel one incident here and there it is acceptable? If that is what you are saying then you think its ok to be a victim with no recourse for the thugs. I will agree to this... If there were one or two mob type racial beatings in Baltimore City over the past 5 years... it would be very wrong and criminal, yet it would be considered a rare occurrence. BUT this is not the issue! There have been dozens of black youth mobs racially profiling and attacking innocent citizens. This has been an issue for years, but it has been covered up. Next time one of you PC fools open their mouths think this first... are you defending the criminals? or are you asking the innocent victims how they felt? You can sit back and preach your PC nonfactual point of view, but when or if you or a family member becomes a victim, I guess we should just sit back and blame you for being in the wrong place.
Harry Callahan June 07, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Ronn, You are right on target. The fact of the matter is this. If you have a container that holds 1,000 balls and the balls are of two colors, black and white. If you dip into that container of 1,000 balls and draw out a sample (providing that the balls are thoroughly mixed) then the sample you will get will match the ratio of black to white balls (if 70% of the balls are black and 30% of the balls are white then a sample taken of 100 balls taken at random will be 70 black balls and 30 white balls). This is a simple statistical fact. Now, suppose that all of the balls in the sample represent all of the criminals running around in Baltimore CIty (not the normal, hard-working, law-abiding residents, just the criminals) then you will find that 70% of the criminals are black and 30% are white. The problem is that even if the City was able to round up 100% of the criminals in Baltimore (all of the black, white, brown, yellow, and all other colors) they would not and are not doing a good job of prosecuting and punishing them. This is why the City is in the shape it's in now.
You June 07, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Able. You will love this! Yes, two of best friends are black!They are both from the UK with amazing children! They were raised properly with a "you are not a victim approach" and "never blame anyone else for your misdoings or losses". So I am assuming you next say that my responsible, hard working, educated black friends are "Uncle Tom's"? (Democrats hate successful black males that are not PC or motivated by the "I am a victim classical stance"). Able. Remember when Jessie Jackson got caught on tape saying very derogatory things about Obama during the Presidential Race? That was because Obama at that time was preaching that black people need to take 100% responsibility for their lives, actions, children, and teaching morals to their children. Funny, eh? Thats your guy. Don't you agree with Obama on that one?
Chief June 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Able - Brilliant response ... is this how you defend your position on all issues? Ronn - thanks for presenting a 'real' prospective on the issue!
M. Sullivan June 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Excellent posts, Ronn. Too bad it will be ignored by those who want to keep their heads in the sand. Local and Federal governments perpetuate these crimes by unequal application of hate crimes laws. Did even one of the examples you gave get prosecuted as a hate crime? I doubt it. Even though these types of crimes are happening all across the country, most of the media, through omission, and the government through inaction allow it to continue unexposed and unpunished. The Baltimore City government is more interested in covering over the problem with marketing campaigns and the stupid car race than solving it. However, like a house with a termite infestation, the foundation image of Baltimore as some great, civilized city will eventually collapse. Welcome to the 8th most dangerous city in the U.S. (according to US News & World Report, Feb. 2011)
You June 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Chief: This is how all individuals respond when they have no foundation of facts, sense of realism or reason. (I know you knew that... but throwing that out their for the others that don't get it.) BTW: Able and his brainwashed cronies would die if they knew my race, culture, religion, and position in society. I am sure these "fellow bloggers" will angle this falsely to make the standard, stereotypical statements that brainwashed liberals say; BUT, they would be very, very wrong. Per example: Able says, "Are some of your best friends black too?" These programed, wealthy, black leaders, rappers, and comedians have advanced this very statement for two decades now. Obviously, Weak and Wrong and Conveying the Race Card to a PC advantage!
You June 07, 2012 at 06:15 PM
We need a public debate! Come on Perry Hall and local Papers... lets do it!
Able Baker June 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
That's actually not correct. The odds of getting exactly 70 is pretty low, like 9%. Look up binomial distribution. That's basic *probability*, not statistics. It depends on whether you're replacing the balls after each draw, but suffice it to say you don't know what you're talking about.
Able Baker June 07, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Yes, yes, best friends are black, foreign blacks are not like American blacks, entitlement culture, Jesse Jackson namecheck, I don't see race. Are you just filling out the upper middle class white guy talking about race bingo card? I'm surprised there was no Bill Cosby reference. The easy thing about blaming culture for a societal problem is that you don't have to do anything about it except complain. Those darn rappers! This is all their fault! Nevermind the fact that blacks are arrested and convicted for possession related drug offenses more often than whites, despite a much lower level of drug use. If it's *only* culture that's the problem, then you get to wash your hands of it. How convenient.
Able Baker June 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
No one's defending the criminals, we're just pointing out that their blackness isn't related to their criminality. You seem to believe that every black on white crime is racially motivated. Why is that?
You June 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I pray for you Able. You lack facts, non-biased education and the ability to see the world as it is (without shaded glasses) and you suffer from serious guilt or victimized teachings. Keep playing the race card my uninformed friend. The rest of us will live an honest, tax-paying, crime free and real life, telling it as it is. As I said... Able, time for you to find another blog to pollute with your biased, slanted, hate pandering, agenda! Bye Bye! Go away buddy! You have no game (but the race card). LOL!
You June 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
WAIT! "ABLE"... If there were a local debate on the issue; would you attend to debate the topics? I guarantee that I would attend! You would probably make excuses and bail out due to illness or to....
Able Baker June 08, 2012 at 01:11 PM
And you suffer from a weird parochial worldview that allows you to make sweeping generalizations based on skin color and ignore real issues in the government and criminal justice system. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
Edward V tindel June 09, 2012 at 04:39 AM
this politician must not know the history of the state police effect in Baltimore city,check your history people have short memories.the last time the state police assisted the bcpd,they were caught up in corruption on the block.im surprised, no one remembers the day the state police raided the block,got caught breaking the law with the strippers on the block.why would you want them to come back..The Sun reported Tuesday that three undercover officers are under investigation by state police internal affairsdetectives. According to interviews with workers on The Block and with state police, two officers solicited a prostitute in one of the bars and another spent the night in a hotel with a female bartender who was married to an owner of a bar targeted in the investigation.  http://baltcitywaterbillingscam.renthandy.com/
Edward V tindel June 09, 2012 at 04:41 AM
people have short memories.the last time the state police assisted the bcpd,they were caught up in corruption on the block.im surprised, no one remembers the day the state police raided the block,got caught breaking the law with the strippers on the block.why would you want them to come back..The Sun reported Tuesday that three undercover officers are under investigation by state police internal affairsdetectives. According to interviews with workers on The Block and with state police, two officers solicited a prostitute in one of the bars and another spent the night in a hotel with a female bartender who was married to an owner of a bar targeted in the investigation.  http://baltcitywaterbillingscam.renthandy.com/ the sate police were so bad that all the charges against the people on the block were dropped


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