William “Willie” Vincent was shot and killed in his Cherry Hill neighborhood Saturday morning, marking the 300th homicide in Baltimore City in 2022 and the eighth year in a row with homicides exceeding 300, Rielle Creighton reports for WBFF. Vincent was recently released from prison and in the process of building a better life while he awaited the birth of his son, according to his friend, Steve Brandon.
What are leaders’ plans to combat gun violence in Baltimore?
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has criticized the city’s former leadership for relying on police and prisons to curb violence and has instead proposed a more holistic approach to public safety. According to the mayor’s first term action plan his priorities are improving communication and transparency between residents and police, allowing mental health specialists to respond to non-violent 9-1-1 calls, and investing in community-based violence intervention programs. The Mayor’s Office maintains a public safety action plan tracker where residents can monitor the progress of each initiative outlined in the plan.
In response to Baltimore’s “tragic milestone,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan again called for legislation that would impose tougher sentences for repeat violent offenders and for those convicted of using or having illegal guns. Hogan has previously criticized Scott’s proposed solutions for the gun violence crisis.
But incoming Governor-elect Wes Moore’s plan to combat violent crime also includes measures aside from harsher sentencing and increased policing, including improving community-police relationships and reforming the state’s parole and probation system.
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The Baltimore City chapter of the Fraternal Order of the Police released a statement on Sunday citing fewer police officers on the street as an obstacle to countering rising violent crime and condemning Scott’s lack of response to the department’s proposed retention plan.