Maryland authorities are taken a bold approach to fighting flash mob looting: staying out of it.
While police forces across the nation prove impotent in doing anything about flash mob violence, Maryland’s strategic new move has caught other states flat-footed.
The bad public relations associated with doing nothing has embarrassed other states. Maryland’s authorities have nipped this in the bud. They are doing nothing as a matter of policy. This way, they will not be embarrassed.
The new policy came in response to this video of a crowd of looters in a 7-11 store.
The video revealed that some looters attended a local high school. They were still wearing school uniforms.
This normally would have forced the hands of the police. But the local prosecutors decided this could blow up in their faces if nobody was caught. So, they decided not to investigate the incident.
After reviewing the surveillance video, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office opted not to pursue criminal charges in the case saying not every conflict warrants them.
This is consistent with the outlook of the state legislature.
A bill to toughen the punishments for this kind of crime failed to pass in Maryland’s last legislative session. Del. Jeff Waldstreicher of Montgomery County says he plans to reintroduce the bill again in the next session.
Lots of luck, Jeff. But don’t get your hopes up.