Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is the latest supporter of the growing belief that adding a federal police presence will curb gun violence. CNN reports that Pughhe has asked the FBI to help decrease the city’s growing murder rate, which has reached more than 100 deaths in April for the first time in two decades.
“Murder is out of control,” Pughhe said on Wednesday. “There are too many guns on the streets. We’re looking for all the help we can get.”
“I’m calling on all the assistance that we can possibly get because I can’t imagine going into the summer months with the crime rate that it is today, what that’s going to look like by the end of the summer,” she continued.
Given that an FBI field office already exists in Maryland, the mayor’s office is hoping that more agents will be added from other offices or current ones would be reassigned to help local police’s efforts to fight gun violence.
“The summers in Baltimore tend to be very violent,”the mayor’s spokesman, Anthony McCarthy said. “And the mayor wants to get a handle on all the murders, the flood of guns on the streets and the gang activity.”
McCarthy told Fox Baltimore that the mayor hopes to make an announcement next week about what the next steps will be to get more federal involvement, if any.