Bodymore, Murderland IS the unofficial city nickname. The overwhelming majority of those bodies are black ones, dispatched by black perps. Some of those white bodies are still alive, no thanks to their attackers. George Williams, a police officer from Brick Township, N. Williams said the teens accused him of uttering a racial slur to justify the attack, but he denies making any derogatory racial remarks. A group of middle-school teens were the culprits in that case, who accused Ennis of using the racial slur and Kreager of spitting on one of the students. Might it be black leadership? Three black teens robbed Sowers; one beat him so badly that it left him comatose for nearly a year before his wife, Anna Sowers, had his doctors remove him from life support. Morelock and Woycio were a white couple from Carroll County who ventured into the western section of Baltimore in the spring of
The Baltimore Police Department's annual report is crammed with statistics that tell a story. Violent crime is down in every category measured by the department. The city witnessed murders in , or seven fewer than the previous year. The narrative here is straightforward: The streets may be mean, but the cops are winning. It's the story that one expects from the city's police force -- especially in an election year that finds the city's mayor, Martin O'Malley, running for governor. American television, however, has few excuses for its consistent fealty to the same story. The crime shows that crowd our TV channels peddle straightforward morality tales in which criminals find their nefarious misdeeds unraveled and even tried and judged! HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire , which is set in Baltimore, does more than complicate that simple narrative. Over four seasons of intricate and nuanced television, its creator David Simon author of the bestselling nonfiction crime classic Homicide has stood the cozy fables of TV crime shows on their head. The Wire bursts at its seams with walking contradictions and unexpected reversals.
Thomas, known on the mean streets of Maryland's largest city as Skinny Suge,was one of the stars of the "Stop Snitching" videos that captured national attention. The first of these DVDs, which urged people not to cooperate with police and prosecutors who are investigating crimes, was produced in A sequel hit the streets in But his animus for those who snitch on this city's bad guys might have started to wane in April , when someone pointed a gun at the head of his year-old son and pulled the trigger.
I t's hard to describe, let alone explain, the dividing lines of race, class and education that cross the map of American cities. Rooted in a history of forced segregation in the past, and sometimes self-imposed today, they are drawn starkly here in Baltimore, Maryland. That's Baltimore - aka Bulletmore, Murderland, as one grim-witted local graffiti artist dubbed our hometown. Or was it Bodymore or Baltimorgue? Murderland or Murdaland? I don't know for sure. I've heard them all. But I've never actually seen the spray-painting. I rarely find myself in those parts of town, you see. And when I do, I'm just passing through.