Vittert Presses Baltimore Mayor: Will There Be a Rally for Murder Victims?
Fox News' Leland Vittert asked some pointed questions to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as violence in the city reaches record highs.
The murder rate in the city right now is the highest it has been in two decades, with 38 murders in May so far.
The mayor blamed a "small group of people" for the raging violence, as she went to the scene of a murder of a woman and her 7-year-old son.
Baltimore police officers have spoken of less aggressive tactics on the street since six officers were charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
"Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty, " said local Fraternal Order of Police president Gene Ryan.
Vittert said he's been told that gang members and criminals are using this time to settle scores, with arrests down almost 60% from last year.
Against this backdrop, Vittert asked Rawlings-Blake whether she believes her policies are a factor in the increasing violence.
She responded that there a "lot of reasons" for the surge in violence and this has happened in other cities when police officers were indicted.
Vittert followed up with questions on the mayor's level of outrage now, compared to the days after Gray's death.
"When was the last rally you led about the deaths of all these people this month? Are you planning one?"
Rawlings-Blake answered that her critics are being "selective" about her track record and that she led initiatives to curb violence.
Watch Leland's full report from "The Kelly File."
On "America's Newsroom" this morning, Bill Hemmer discussed the worsening situation with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
The sheriff said at this point, the mayor must apologize to the policemen and women of Baltimore.
"She has failed to get her arms around this situation. This is a failure of leadership. If I were advising her, here's what I'd tell her to do quickly. First, I'd have her go to the police officers, to each precinct, and apologize. Then, I'd make a public apology," he explained.
Clarke said next, the mayor should put the "thugs on notice" that the police department is going to be "turned loose" to stop the "crisis."
He said Rawlings-Blake should then call Attorney General Loretta Lynch and ask her to stop the federal investigation of the Baltimore PD.
Hemmer said doing that would be an "enormous reversal."
"It's called leadership," Clarke answered.
Watch his analysis below.