After a relatively quiet two weeks in which only 10 Baltimoreans had been murdered, five more homicides happened overnight Monday, including a double-murder in which four people were shot.
The violence prompted a raft of rumors that Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis would be fired on Tuesday; the commish called a hasty press conference after noon to decry the violence.
Davis announced that for at least the next several days, police officers and detectives would be taking mandatory 12-hour shifts. He also complained that violent criminals do not fear police or prosecutors.
"Quite frankly they don't even fear a damn guilty verdict,"...