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Maryland lawmakers talk about new methods to curb metropolis crime

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — When Angela Royster thinks about her son Devin, she smiles.

“What I miss essentially the most from my son is the best way he would say ‘hello ma,’” she mentioned in an interview with WJZ Wednesday.

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Her son Devin was solely 21 when he was killed two years in the past.

Now she’s one in every of many households in Baltimore Metropolis dwelling with the everlasting scars of shedding a liked one.

“We will’t preserve dwelling this manner,” mentioned Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Seventh District) in an interview with WJZ.

Angela’s Story is simply one of many many the explanation why Baltimore’s Congressional Delegation despatched a letter Monday to U.S. Legal professional Common Merrick Garland, asking for assist.

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“We’re asking for 10 further ATF brokers, we’re asking for 15 Deputy Marshals,” mentioned Sen. Chris Van Hollen, (D-Eighth District) who was among the many officers to write down and signal the letter together with Rep. Mfume and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Third District).

“We’re going to strive as finest we are able to to enhance the Baltimore Police Division,” mentioned Rep. Mfume.

“The underside line is we’ll all work collectively, the murder wants to return down,” Sen. Cardin added Wednesday.

The letter asks why cities like Washington D.C. have extra staffing from federal regulation enforcement than Baltimore.

“I don’t know the final time there was a re-evaluation of ranges of company sources,” mentioned Rep. Mfume.

The Delegation met with the Mayor in July the place Sen. Van Hollen mentioned they strategized the right way to pool sources and finest companion to assist the Mayor’s plan to struggle violent crime and pledged their assist.

Sen. Cardin mentioned they count on a response from the Division of Justice someday in August and he hopes to get commitments, when it comes to what sources town will get, by September.

Learn the total letter right here:

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