For once, we agree with Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt.
She called the level of violence in the county “incomprehensible.”
Well, now that we think about it, we actually don’t agree with Chief Hyatt. Rather, we think that “incomprehensible” is an understatement.
In a story for WJZ-TV, Chief Hyatt provided a statement (via e-mail, because she’s probably too busy to go on camera) that we found to be—to use her own word—incomprehensible.
“Violent crime inflicts pain and trauma on the entire community,” Hyatt said. “The effects are long lasting and far reaching. The Baltimore County Police Department will continue to work closely with our partners across the region to focus on addressing the root causes of violence.”
Blah, blah, blah.
Instead of working with ‘partners across the region,’ the Baltimore County Police Department should be looking at the real reasons for the rapid rise in violent crime throughout the county.
Everyone should be looking at the top, meaning County Executive Johnny O and Chief Hyatt.
We reported before about Johnny O’s blasé views on the reasons for rising crime rates. He blamed the increase in violent crimes on people being depressed.
That is just beyond the pale, folks.
The truth is that the county, from the moment Johnny O canonized Chief Hyatt, has had serious issues within the BCPD. When we speak to the rank-and-file officers in the BCPD (off the record, of course), they tell us just how toxic it has gotten in the police department.
But Johnny O is never one to admit that he made a mistake … unless someone pours a boatload of cash into his campaign coffers.
It’s sickening, and his arrogance is killing Baltimore County residents.
To date, it has killed 50 of them as of this writing.
Folks, we keep shouting from the rooftops that tax payers need to hold their elected leaders (and their appointees) accountable. And we won’t stop spreading that message until it actually happens and change occurs.
So stand up, speak out, and demand the changes that are desperately needed.
We’re not being dramatic when we say your lives could very well depend on it.