The gun violence and homicide rate in Baltimore is no laughing matter. Murders are at levels that haven't been seen in two decades. Like a lot of cities experiencing record crime rates, much can be attributed to the "Ferguson Effect" or, more accurately stated, de-policing. This has been primarily created by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division's intervention. This has caused the police to pull back for fear of being prosecuted for murder or for violating a black person's civil rights.
So, here's the odd thing. The mayor of Baltimore wants the FBI to fix the violence problem. Who does the FBI report to? The Justice Department. This, to me, is like a dog chasing its own tail.
Baltimore’s mayor finally asks for federal help with their murder epidemic: http://hotair.com/archives/2017/05/02/baltimores-mayor-finally-asks-federal-help-murder-epidemic/
DOJ "Ankle-Bracelets" The Chicago and Baltimore Police: http://cuttingthroughthefog.blogspot.com/2017/01/doj-ankle-bracelets-chicago-and.html