Newsbrief: Baltimore Killings Bring More of the Same Old Policies 10/25/02

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The horrific murders of a Baltimore couple and their five children, allegedly by drug sellers angered by their attempts to curb the street-corner traffic, have shocked the conscience of Charm City, but have failed to shock city and state officials into trying anything different. Anti-drug crusader Angela Dawson, her husband Carnell, and their five children died in house fire allegedly set by a neighborhood drug dealer on October 15.

While city officials, law enforcement leaders and neighborhood activists traded barbs and called for more, more, more drug war, no one was calling for a new approach in a city where an estimated 10% of the population is strung out on heroin or other opiates.

Instead, Mayor Martin O'Malley announced that the killings had energized government officials to pursue their repressive policies even further. The state of Maryland will provide 150 state troopers to patrol city streets and will hire an additional 75 parole officers, O'Malley said at a Tuesday news conference. The state will also provide additional jail space. These measures come on top of the $2 million the city spent on an anti-drug campaign that began six months ago.

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