Priest pistol-whipped, beaten and robbed in police-defunded Baltimore

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BALTIMORE, MD – Of all occupations in this world, one would think being a priest or a nun should make you safe.  After all, they are chosen by God to serve.

However, in this case, at least in Baltimore, a priest at Little Italy’s Saint Leo’s Catholic Church was beaten and robbed by an unknown assailant.

The priest in question, Father Bernard Carman, was headed into his church on November 12th when the attack occurred. The Father said that an unknown man and woman approached him and began demanding his wallet. When he refused, the man pulled a gun and demanded again. Father Carman said:

“I said no and that’s when the guy pulled a gun and said give me your wallet. He just kept repeating it.”

While the victim had no intention of giving up his wallet, the suspect also had no intention of leaving the robbery empty-handed.

The suspect struck the priest and began searching his person looking for any valuables that he may be carrying. The suspect stole the priest’s wallet while the unknown female took his cellular phone. Both fled in a new model sedan. Father Carman said:

“Something inside me said you’re going to be okay. I still resisted him, and that’s when he hit me on the side of the head and I started to go down.”

Father Carman was able to receive help shortly after the incident as paramedics and police were notified. Father Carmen was able to be treated and released for a laceration on his head.

Being thankful that he was not more seriously injured, Father Carman said that he was surprised the suspect did not shoot him. He said:

“I was surprised they didn’t shoot because that would have been possible. The man pointed the gun at me, but instead of firing, he hit me with it.”

Father Carman, who is unable to identify his assailants, had this message for them:

“My message is that they should consider a change of life and look at things differently and realize that doing violence and crime just makes a bad situation worse.”

The Father also said that he has forgiven his attackers and urges others to do the same. He said:

“Our calling is to be better – to be different and follow the Lord and what he did. At the very worst moment of his life, hanging on the cross, not only did he say, ‘Father, forgive them,’ but he event made an excuse saying they don’t know what they’re doing.”

Crime in the area around the church has seen an uprising in violent crime over the last year, like many other large metropolitan cities. The Father noted that he was aware of a few violent incidents in the area, but he had never been subject to them before. Father Carman spoke about being a man of faith while being attacked:

“I don’t know how much any kind of religion or faith entered into it. If it entered in much they wouldn’t do it. I don’t know if that’s much of a factor. It’s that’s a person, I’m going to get what I want.”

For now, Father Carman is taking it easy, while going right back to the job he was called to do. When asked about his progress, he said:

“The injury on the top of my head is far, far better. I’m just coming down from the experience. I need to take the time to process it and heal.”

For now, the Baltimore Police Department has not released any details if they have been able to identify the suspects from the vague description provided by Father Carman.

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Suddenly everyone wants to crack down on crime as murders explode in Baltimore – where activists pushed to defund the police

BALTIMORE, MD – The evening of October 6th was a tumultuous one in Baltimore City, with six individuals shot and one killed at an East Baltimore intersection, according to police. And now calls are coming in for the city to crack down on crime in areas where the city is most afflicted.

 

Violent crime and shootings have been rocking Baltimore for some time, with the city seeing throughout the past summer and moving into the fall homicides and non-fatal shootings remain unmoved despite efforts from city officials to curb the violence.

Back in July, Mayor Bandon Scott announced the Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan, a five-year plan that the mayor hopes will see a reduction in gun violence by at least 15% each year over the course of the five-year effort:

“There is no secret that violent crime is Baltimore’s most pressing challenge.”

The effort reportedly attempts to craft a more holistic approach to addressing crime, as opposed to the traditional approach of cracking down on crime with a proverbial strong arm. Mayor Scott referenced the violence of October 6th to stress that a more rounded approach could be beneficial:

“It is clear that yesterday’s status quo solutions have not created sustainable results for Baltimore’s neighborhoods and communities. Never before has Baltimore developed a holistic violence prevention strategy.”

While optimism is never exactly a bad thing, data from previous administrations in the city shows that the time-tested strong arm approach to tackling crime is effective.

During former Mayor Martin O’Malley’s administration in the early 2000s, his “zero tolerance” approach to crime wound up driving down both violent and property crime by a staggering 42%. And said decline continued under former Mayor Sheila Dixon, although she wasn’t as zealous as Mayor O’Malley, she still employed a data-focused approach to targeting crime with a heavy hand where needed.

Baltimore Police are one of the handful of police departments across the nation that are bound by a consent decree due to numerous allegations and confirmations of constitutional violations that some say stemmed from the zero-tolerance era of policing.

But some experts believe that there’s an effective happy-medium that can be achieved between zero-tolerance policing and a seemingly too-soft approach that affords copious amounts of leeway for would-be offenders.

Charles Fain Lehman with the Manhattan Institute thinks that strategic deployment of police officers is key to achieving a desired reduction in crime without running afoul of consent decrees:

“We know that crime is a highly concentrated phenomenon…The best and more effective tool we have available for deterring crime is the deployment of police officers to specific areas and there’s lots and lots of evidence to support that.”

When Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer was asked whether they believe Mayor Scott’s Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan is working as intended, they responded with the following:

“We are in the beginning stages of implementing the Mayor’s Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan and we need to make sure it gets fully implemented. But, absolutely we need to hold these violent offenders accountable, increase clearance rates and make it clear that if you shoot someone in Baltimore you’ll get apprehended.”

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