Johnny O’s re-election campaign brings swift justice for some, but not all
Posted by Buzz Beeler @BeelerBuzz on 11th February 2022
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The long arm of the law quickly grabbed the suspects in the Catonsville High School shooting, but would those arrests have come so quickly if a certain county executive wasn’t running for re-election? (Photo Credits: Baltimore Sun, Microsoft Creative Commons)

Folks, following one of the worst years on record for violent crime in Baltimore County, the news of the shooting outside Catonsville High School earlier this week certainly was disheartening.

Mind you, there have been issues for years with violence at Baltimore County Public Schools, but a shooting at a school tends to send shockwaves through the community. The shooting wasn’t fatal, and the incident happened after school and outside the school building, but it still caused quite an uproar.

We expected the Baltimore County Police Department to put a strong effort into finding the perpetrator(s) since this was such a high-profile incident. We expected an announcement of suspects being identified within a week or two following interviews, combing through security footage, and getting all the stories straight.

Surprisingly, less than 48 hours after the incident, BCPD took two suspects into custody.

You read that right. It took less than two days.

That was a record pace, folks. Really speedy work for a police force that has its challenges with staffing shortages and low morale. It seemed almost miraculous.

And now we understand why it happened as quickly as it did.

First, Johnny O (who is a FORMER TEACHER in case you didn’t hear or read that from him recently) came flying out of the woodwork to comment on the shooting.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Twitter: “As County Executive and the father of a BCPS student, I am devastated by this act of senseless violence at Catonsville High School. We refuse to allow this to be normalized. / Twitter”

As County Executive and the father of a BCPS student, I am devastated by this act of senseless violence at Catonsville High School. We refuse to allow this to be normalized.

(This time he played the ‘father of a BCPS student’ card instead of the ‘former teacher’ card. At least he’s changing it up, right?)

And then, the day the arrests were announced, we saw this gem hit the news:

WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5 on Twitter: “From the Commitment 2022 Desk: Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has filed paperwork on Thursday to seek re-election as the county’s executive. https://t.co/S8dcKvyPSy / Twitter”

From the Commitment 2022 Desk: Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has filed paperwork on Thursday to seek re-election as the county’s executive. https://t.co/S8dcKvyPSy

Now it all makes sense. The wheels of justice turned swiftly all because it is an election year.

But that sense of swift justice is not for all, folks.

Just ask the family of beloved community leader Georgia Bartrum, whose killers never faced justice more than two years later.

Two years ago, Johnny O was newly elected and couldn’t be bothered with pushing his hand-picked police chief to bring Ms. Bartrum’s killers to justice. But now that he’s running for re-election, suddenly the BCPD has the resources to bring the school shooters into custody in less than two days?

It is a shameful smoke screen devised to garner votes and give voters false confidence in Commie Johnny’s administration.

We expect more of these stunts in the coming months. Our only hope is that the voters of Baltimore County are smart enough to cut through the noise and see Johnny O for what he really is.

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