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The hard truths behind the surge in violence

The hard truths behind the surge in violence

A recent editorial suggested there is hope for combating the surge of violence in Baltimore City ("The 'war room,'" July 13). But if that is to be achieved, what really needs to be done is to face the cold, hard facts. Fact: The salary structure of the Baltimore City Police Department must be raised. If a graduate of Harvard University with a Ph.D decided to become a police officer in Baltimore City, the starting salary would be $48,971. Why would any aspiring young adult want to don a uniform and put his or her life on the line for such paltry earnings? Add to that the possibility of being labeled a racist, and/or facing potential indictments for trying to help the...

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