S.E. Baltimore Sees Increase in Crimes Against Latinos
After the beating, and death of a Honduran man this weekend, police are being forced to draw attention to the increase in crimes against Latinos.
Police and clergy, along with leaders from the NAACP, met today to address the recent violence. A spokesperson for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has stated the mayor is working with CASA de Maryland, a community action group, to arrange a public meeting Monday. They are asking the community to encourage participation and attendance.
‘We plan to have Spanish-speaking officers and district commanders at the meeting to discuss public safety strategies and to increase the community’s collaboration with our police,’ said the spokesperson.
The police department has said they do not routinely ask Latinos for proof of their immigration status, but due to the fear of such action, many assaults and holdups are not reported. This subsequently makes it more difficult to catch the criminals, and allows the crimes continue.