Businesses Threaten to Take Action After Cities Refuse to Crack Down on Crime

( – Crime is increasing in cities across the country and Americans are getting fed up. On June 6, three people were shot in Baltimore’s historic Fells Point district. A couple of days later, a group of 30 restaurant and business owners sent a letter to the city’s officials demanding change.

Following that, a coalition of 37 businesses sent another letter to the Baltimore mayor, police commissioner, state’s attorney and council president threatening to withhold permit and tax payments if they don’t do something about the problems in the city. The business owners complained about public drinking, poor trash pickup, parking enforcement and illegal drug and alcohol sales. According to local Fox 45 News they told the officials that they are fed up and frustrated with the city’s lack of response to the needs of its citizens. The letter states “the chaos and lawlessness” that escalated the night of the shooting “has been going on for far too long.”

Mayor Brandon Scott responded to the letter by ordering the police and other city officials to address the issues the business owners were complaining about. His spokesman, Cal Harris, released a statement claiming the mayor is trying to “remove violent offenders” from the streets and “identify illegal firearm traffickers” to make the city safe.

While the mayor’s comments are nice, it seems the business owners are sick of hollow words and want real action.

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