happening everyday in our lives and there is no way of predicting
when and what can happen to us, though we could be more careful and
prevent it from happening. Baltimore, Maryland is a very segregated
city between poor vs. rich, police vs. community, and black vs.
white. Baltimore has one of the highest rates in the United States
with more than half of the population beings blacks.
Violence is the "use of physical force to harm someone" (qt. "Merriam-Webster"). There are different types of violence: homicide, gangs, abuse, and even destruction of property. Homicide is the act of killing another human being, this can happen due to gun violence, a threat, and is mostly common among African-Americans, and youths from other cultures. show more content
Freddie Gray had been accused of being in the drug business in order to support his family and had been arrested a couple of other times before. On April 19 he was arrested because he had taken off running after he made eye contact with the policeand he was accountable for possession of a switchblade, which was later discovered that in Maryland a switchblade was not illegal. When the policeman finally caught him, he asked for an asthma inhaler but was not given one and was put in a white van (Karimi). His death caused major protests in Baltimore, people were burning buildings, destroying cars, shooting people and blaming the policemen that were involved with his death while chanting that "Black Lives Matter". This was the second biggest riot that happened in Baltimore, the first was after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. After Gray's death, the number of violent crimes in Baltimore increased tremendously, almost 50 shootings, more than one person was being killed a day, and the number of homicides this year in the past month is almost twenty more than what it was in 2014 (Mac Donald show more content
Being that Baltimore is segregated, a study from Harvard shows that "Baltimore is the worst large city in the country when measure by a child's chances of escaping poverty" (qt. "How Racism"). This can increase the number of crimes that might happen in the future; In the past year the amount of crimes in Baltimore based on a 100,000 population was 600 robberies, 37.4 rapes, and so far 131 homicides just this year.
Violent crimes that happen in Baltimore or anywhere else not only affect the city itself and residents but the country as well because what is happening in a city one day, might spread to another city the next day. Also the way people respond to violent crimes by doing protests in a unsafe and un peaceful way can cause even more harm than the actual problem, people will destroy cars, burn buildings and shoot other people. Though we can't change what happened in the past, but we can learn for the future and try to prevent these things from happening
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