While Baltimore sets a homicide record, D.C.'s murder rate drops
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore has set the record for highest killings per capita.
Three hundred and forty-three people have lost their lives so far, and the year isn't over.
Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. has seen 14 percent fewer homicides than last year.
"In Baltimore, we're dealing with a number of factors. We're coming off the Freddie Gray situation, we're coming off a DOJ consent decree, we've had some indictments within the police department," said former FBI agent Tyrone Powers.
He said these incidents have created distrust in Baltimore police.
"Clearly, in a city of 600,000 people, 2,900 police officers cannot dramatically reduce crime unless the people cooperate," said Powers.
Powers says with the FBI and the Department of Justice watching, Baltimore now has no choice but to move in the right direction.
In the meantime, there are lessons to be learned from D.C.
Meanwhile, Baltimore police commissioner Kevin Davis has vowed to implement new crime-fighting initiatives in the next year.