Baltimore Mayor Discovers Source Of Murders In Crime Area: Corner Stores

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh blamed the late hours of small businesses in the city for the recent crime surge.

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh hit the streets of West Baltimore on Tuesday to check on the effects of her Violence Reduction Initiative, and stopped to criticize small business owners in the process (video below).

Baltimore’s violent crime rate surged in April, to include 29 killings since the first of the month, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“We’re on top of it,” Pugh said. “We understand the intelligence. We know about the various gangs that are at war right now.”

As she strolled the streets with a posse of city agency representatives and police administrators in an attempt to showcase her involvement with the community, Pugh took a particular interest in blaming the small business owners who operated stores in the area for the crime spike.

The mayor waltzed into A&M Grocery, where she addressed a store employee, video footage from The Baltimore Sun showed.

“So what time y’all close?” she asked someone off camera, as she stood with her arm around a young woman who was wearing earbuds.

“Um, like 11:30,” a man standing next to her replied with a smile.

“Isn’t that late?” Pugh retorted, initially not even acknowledging the man who had answered her.

“Isn’t that late?” she repeated, finally directing her attention to the man beside her.

“Eleven thirty,” the man said again, with what appeared to be a hint of confusion.

“That’s a little late,” Pugh declared, as she again ignored the man. “Cuz’ it keeps the crowds around here.”

“Nine o’clock would be nice,” Pugh said as she turned away from the employee altogether, and looked directly at the camera.

“Yeah. We need y’all to close at nine o’clock at night,” she declared.

While inside another Pennsylvania Avenue store, the mayor ordered the health department to expedite the business’s next health inspection.

“These stores on Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue need inspections,” the mayor said. “Health Department, I’m going to expect you to get in there and inspect those places because some of those places need to be shut down.”

“How many mini markets do we need in one area?” Pugh questioned. “How many carry-outs do we need in one area?”

“If you have one mini-market on the block, is there a need for three?” she asked dismissively. “What are they selling, Fritos and soda?”

According to Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, 60 percent of violent crimes in the Northern District occurred inside or near a handful of small businesses, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Store owners pushed back on Wednesday, and noted that the mayor’s criticisms and demands could end up driving taxpaying businesses out of the low-income neighborhood.

Less competition would likely result in price increases in an area where many people don’t have the means to travel to larger supermarkets outside the neighborhood, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“These convenience stores are some of the only places people may have to go to grab something within a mile of their home,” Maryland Retailers Association President Cailey Locklair Tolle said. “I don’t know that we should be trying to discourage them from remaining in communities.”

Tolle agreed that stores that were proved to be involved in criminal offenses should obviously be held accountable, but did not believe the mayor was tackling the core issue.

“I don’t know that walking into a retail business and telling them to close in a free market makes any sense,” Tolle said.

Watch the Baltimore mayor’s visit to A&M Grocery in the video below:

@DocRyder you were never in the land of rationality after stating "The War of Northern Aggression" you inbred yokel. I humored you because at least I wanted to hear your side of things, even though right off the bat you showed your ignorance. No wonder the dumbest and poorest states in the country are in the South.

The Confederacy lost. Let it go.

Hi_estComnDenomn don't waste your time and energy with that Confederate scum. He's one of those P.O.S. that tried to defend his brother Dylan Roof. @DocRyder 's mind has been cut off from the light of rationality. Only a bullet can save him.

@Marxest well damn, I missed him supporting Dylann Roof but it makes perfect sense now.

@DocRyder, please trip down the stairs tomorrow morning and land neck-first.

Well, Doc, I must say I’ve not only learned quite a bit but have also been extremely entertained by the bi-play here with you two. And, yes, I both read the conversations in full and understood everything quite well :)
I, too, was surprised at the candor, intellect, and honesty contained in these posts. I was actually rooting for our resident troll to redeem his stature - maybe even graduate to the level of human interaction. *sigh - oh well, one can only hope so long.

I look forward to discussion with and from you!

“Less competition would likely result in price increases ” Just like Obumnuts care did, so I guess she will be extorting money from the stores that stay open just like Obumnuts and DemoKKKrats didn’t with Healthcare.

Mayor Pugh is a moronic hack, elected by a city of race obsessed morons (talk about "representative government"...)...

She obviously never reads the police reports as to what time and where the homicides are committed... They are mostly committed long after these stores are closed...

Also, the so-called "police commissioner" said that the police knows who are committing the homicides... But, the police aren't clearing them out...

Abd Baltitoilet has cery strict gun laws ( for law-abiding citizens)... Note the term : "law abiding"...

Comment of the year! Well done.

Leftists are the most stupid people on the planet... soooooo... the stores at at fault uh??? those hard working people are responsible for aholes committing crimes??? is that it????

So now Mayor Mophead says it's the private store owner's fault for the rise in crime? She may as well have a dusk till dawn curfew in place.

@conversation Hi_estComnDenomn: extrapolating "The Confederacy lost. Let it go" logic, Clinton lost. Let it go.

What a total idiot. Just another excellent example of why cities like Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit are teetering on the edge of anarchy. But then, that's the point, right?

Well you just can't fix stupid

You guys should fistfight

Doc, I swear I'm not trying to throw fuel on the fire but this lowest common denominator guy is really making you look like a buffoon. If I were you I would not take that !
He's so full of estrogen that he sits down to pee.
Oh wait, is HCD a female?
My bad.


@vocalmajority lol, what out of anything I've ever said makes you think I ride for Hilary Clinton? You people have to choose. Either I support Clinton, or I'm a chauvinist (so i wouldn't vote for a woman) and a racist (so i wouldn't vote for a white).

Please make up your mind.

Where is Omar Little when you need him?

calm down, no one's fist fighting. he is AT LEAST twice my age. That would be elderly abuse.

H_CDumbshit, you would look really stupid losing to DocRyder if it were to happen.

Mayor should be given a battery of tests to determine education - if she fails she has to submit to two weeks of instruction by Sherrif Clarke!

let me interject some real facts and reasoning here. 1st of all, let me address the Democrats and the Republicans. In my opinion, neither party is worth a damn. Neither party cares about anything but remaining in control and advancing their agenda. The only real difference between the 2 is what they want to spend my hard earned money on *Socialists and Communists are no better). Hillary belongs in prison. Obama belongs in prison. Obama instructed Comey to stall the hearings as long as possible and rule that she did nothing intentionally. Loretta Lynch also pushed Comey to his ultimate decision. Now on to North Korea and who is responsible. I say no one is responsible for anything. I know several pundits and writers are crediting Trump's rhetoric in pushing North Korea to peace with South Korea. Me, I am not so sure. I have a wait and see stance. I would not be surprised to see North Korea launch a missile up South Korea's collective rectums, then launch against Japan. I believe they haven't attacks yet because China and Russia have said that they would side against the aggressor.