baltimoreAfter giving rioters “space to destroy” Baltimore gives American taxpayers the bill

Baltimore officials will ask American taxpayers to give them $20 million to cover the cost of recent anti-police riots, the city’s CBS-TV affiliate, WJZ, reports.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has approved the transfer of $20 million from the city’s “rainy day fund” to cover increased police costs.

The money was spent with the expectation that the Obama administration will give Baltimore $20 million from federal taxpayers to make up for it.

“In order to replenish this fund, we’ve already worked with the state to apply for a federal FEMA reimbursement and we are confident that we will receive a significant reimbursement from the federal government,” Blake, according to WJZ.

“That $20 million from the city’s rainy day fund comes on top of the $20 million Governor Hogan said would come out of the state’s rainy day fund to cover some of its expenses, including paying for the 3,000 National Guard troops who spent a week on the streets,” WJZ reports.

Blake expects taxpayers to cover the costs of riots, even though Baltimore encouraged the unrest by ordering police to give rioters “space to destroy.”

Blake’s decision to have police stand down has been followed by a spike in murders.

“Baltimore was seeing a slight rise in homicides this year even before Gray’s death April 19. But the 38 homicides so far in May is a major spike, after 22 in April, 15 in March, 13 in February and 23 in January,” WJZ noted. “With one weekend still to go, May 2015 is already the deadliest month in 15 years, surpassing the November 1999 total of 36.”

WJZ reports that “Meanwhile, arrests have plunged: Police are booking fewer than half the number of people they pulled off the streets last year.”

“Arrests were already declining before Freddie Gray died on April 19 of injuries he suffered in police custody, but they dropped sharply thereafter,” WJZ notes.

“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,” public housing resident Donnail “Dreads” Lee tells WJZ.

“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. “There used to be police on every corner. I don’t think they’ll be back this summer.”

One problem? When officers attempt to arrest criminals they are surrounded by a mob fueled by politicians’ anti-police rhetoric.

“Our officers tell me that when officers pull up, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time,” says Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

In addition to a possible $20 million FEMA payment, the Obama administration’s Small Business Administration is already loaning money to Baltimore businesses either damaged by riots, or untouched but teetering on failure because residents are afraid to leave their homes or travel to the business’ location.