Be careful what you wish for. Hate da police? OK. Now what do you have? Record murder rate and lawlessness. Maybe Baltimore needs a Paul Kersey: The linked article is a great read. Parts of it quoted below: http://news.yahoo.com/baltimore-residents-fearful-amid-homicide-spike-083758282.html BALTIMORE (AP) — A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore's 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city's deadliest in 15 years. Thursday's deaths continue a grisly and dramatic uptick in murders across Baltimore that has so far claimed the lives of 38 people. Meanwhile, arrests have plunged: Police are booking fewer than half the number of people they pulled off the streets last year. "I'm afraid to go outside," said Antoinette Perrine, whose brother was shot down three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. Ever since, she has barricaded her door and added metal slabs inside her windows to deflect gunfire. "Before it was over-policing. Now there's no police," said Donnail "Dreads" Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was chased down. "People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren't pulling them up like they used to." "It's so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside," Perrine said. "People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They're nowhere." "Our officers tell me that when officers pull up, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time," Batts said. Batts provided more details at a City Council meeting Wednesday night, saying officers now fear getting arrested for making mistakes. View gallery "What is happening, there is a lot of levels of confusion in the police organization. There are people who have pain, there are people who are hurt, there are people who are frustrated, there are people who are angry," Batts said. "There are people, and they've said this to me, 'If I get out of my car and make a stop for a reasonable suspicion that leads to probable cause but I make a mistake on it, will I be arrested?' They pull up to a scene and another officer has done something that they don't know, it may be illegal, will they be arrested for it? Those are things they are asking." With one weekend still to go, May 2015 is already the deadliest month in 15 years, surpassing the November 1999 total of 36. Ten of May's homicides happened in the Western District, which has had as many homicides in the first five months of this year as it did all of last year. Non-fatal shootings are spiking as well — 91 so far in May, 58 of them in the Western District. "There was a shooting down the street, and the man was standing in the middle of the street with a gun, just shooting," Lee added. "Usually, you can't walk up and down the street drinking or smoking weed. Now, people are everywhere smoking weed, and police just ride by, look at you, and keep going. There used to be police on every corner. I don't think they'll be back this summer."