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Murder City, U.S.A.

Posted on | September 2, 2015 | 28 Comments

Violent crime in Baltimore has escalated to the point it’s actually worse than Detroit. Baltimore’s homicide rate has increased 56% this year compared to 2014, and every day brings new headlines about the bloody crime wave:

The son of a high-ranking Baltimore police commander has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his roommate Monday in Southwest Baltimore, police said.
Melvin Russell, 28, the son of Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the killing, police said. The elder Russell leads the Police Department’s Community Collaboration Unit and has been at the forefront of neighborhood outreach efforts at a time of heightened tensions.
The younger Russell was charged with first- and second-degree murder, assault and weapons violations. Police said he and his 49-year-old roommate got into a fight in the 4900 block of Challedon Road and both sustained stab wounds. Both were taken to hospitals, where the roommate was pronounced dead, police said.

#BlackLivesMatter could not be reached for comment.



28 Responses to “Murder City, U.S.A.”

  1. Ilion
    September 2nd, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

    You kind of have to wonder what is it about the roommate relationship that could lead a 49-year-old man and a 28-year-old man to be so angry with one another that knives are drawn and stabs are made.

    What are the odd that some multi-colored flags are involved? And, if so, will there be nation-wide calls to ban multi-colored flags?

  2. Good Guy Greg
    September 2nd, 2015 @ 4:54 pm

    Hmm. Sounds like Marlo Stanfield is back in the game.

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 2nd, 2015 @ 5:52 pm

    I thought those type of relationships were all sunshine and hugs?

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 2nd, 2015 @ 5:53 pm

    Then again, maybe one guy drank the other’s beer. Before the Ravens’ game.

  5. charles w
    September 2nd, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

    The Wire was really a documentary.

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  7. Quartermaster
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 7:16 am

    #BlackLivesMatter only when the killer is white, or a cop.

  8. Ilion
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 7:50 am

    That might do it.

  9. Bob Belvedere
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 9:29 am

    Also: don’t rule out that they were straight, but former drinkers or drug addicts. They often room together as they’re trying to get their lives back together.

  10. Ilion
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 9:43 am

    Of course. That’s why I said it in terms of “odds”.

  11. Demonrat Plantation
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 4:20 pm

    Or a neighborhood watch volunteer

  12. Mike G.
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 5:56 pm

    That could definitely lead to a killin’.

  13. theoldsargesays
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 8:04 pm

    As long as we’re banning flags then let’s go all in.

  14. theoldsargesays
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 8:08 pm

    Then again, maybe one guy drank the other’s beer malt liquor.

    Before the Raven’s game.

    (fixed that one)

  15. theoldsargesays
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 8:09 pm

    Well played.

  16. theoldsargesays
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    Or an Uncle Tom who work’s for The Man.

  17. Meekrob
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 10:28 pm

    That counts as white, for all intents and purposes.

  18. V the K
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 10:41 pm

    Weird that this should be happening about a year after Maryland enacted some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.

  19. MJN1957
    September 3rd, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

    Yep, weird or something…

  20. Renaissance
    September 4th, 2015 @ 2:05 am

    Black Lies Matter is all about increasing violence.

  21. Friedfish
    September 4th, 2015 @ 5:00 am


  22. JohnnyL53
    September 4th, 2015 @ 8:32 am

    Given the current atmosphere between police and citizens in Baltimore I think a reboot of The Wire would be interesting.

  23. jukin
    September 4th, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    Of those murders all but 2 of the victims were black. All but one of the suspects were black. No white people were victims or suspects.

    Clearly this demonstrates the power of “white privilege.”

  24. MohammedTheTeddyBear
    September 4th, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    But…..but……Wha’ happened?!? The H8r flag has been pulled down, those pigs are on trial, some pigs be done shot, and Barry 0Bama made some speechifyin’!! Why didn’t that work??

  25. theoldsargesays
    September 4th, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    I understand.
    These #blm hoods probably accept Rachel Dolezal as one of their own but not a black guy who chose to be a police officer.

  26. theoldsargesays
    September 4th, 2015 @ 5:23 pm

    And it’s working- but the increased violence is happening to black people.
    These people screw up everything they touch.
    It goes to substantiate what has been an axiom for millennia- sub-Saharan Africans and their descendants are incapable of living in and maintaining an orderly society.
    This, of course, allowing for the exception of those who have adapted to more civilized cultures. Those people who do adapt and succeed are an anomaly within their race and castigated for ” not being black enough. “

  27. michael loehrer
    September 5th, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

    So much for being able to blame a gun

  28. Joseph Pickett
    September 5th, 2015 @ 3:28 pm

    Some Black Lives Matter, Others, Not So Much TM.