Tough to swallow

Overcast and mid 60s today with the potential for rain. More rain tomorrow, but with highs in mid 70s.


Police commissioner Anthony Batts claims that looting of 27 pharmacies during unrest on April 27th is contributing to the city’s recent surge in violence.

Batts: “There are enough narcotics on the streets of Baltimore to keep it intoxicated during the year. That amount of drugs has thrown off the balance in the streets of Baltimore.”

Last week, Batts said 17 pharmacies were robbed during riots. (It’d be helpful to see these looted pharmacies on a map.) DEA official estimate at least 175,000 units of narcotics were stolen, but the count is expected to rise as they follow-up with more pharmacies.

175,000 pills may seem like a lot, except Baltimore has thousands of residents with narcotics addictions, and heroin is cheaper, anyway.


Police announced that two people were shot and killed Tuesday evening, bringing Baltimore to 4 shooting deaths already in June. Police also announced that the death of a 2-year-old, found unresponsive by rescue workers on May 7th, was now being investigated as a homicide.


Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby wants to keep Freddie Gray’s autopsy report and other documents private while pending prosecution of the six officers charged in Gray’s death. Mosby is concerned about the officers’ defense attorneys’ attempt at “litigating this case through the media.”


City officials want to extend the YouthWorks summer job program to hire all 8,000 teens that applied for this summer, but the city only has the budget for 7,000. It’d cost another $1.5 million to fund the extra thousand jobs. Another problem? With or without funding, the city has only found about 6,000 job placements and is asking the business community for help.


Local police union president Gene ‘Lynch Mob’ Ryan wants access to phone records, radio tapes, emails and text messages sent within the Baltimore Police department during unrest and rioting on April 27th. Ryan is looking for a ‘smoking gun’ on a claim made by some officers that they were put in danger and unable to pacify an escalating crisis after being ordered to “stand down” by their commanding officers. Police Commissioner Batts has repeatedly denied that such an order was issued.


Baltimore’s Waterfront Partnership is backing away from its goal of a swimmable, fishable Inner Harbor by 2020. The harbor flunked a recent water quality test, with year-to-year improvements going slower than expected.