Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Baltimore Mayor Jack Young

To be fair, we may have reached the point where the office of the Mayor of Baltimore is by definition filled by an incompetent official. The last one, you’ll recall, is headed to prison. Ah for those happy days when William Donald Schaefer was mayor, and acting silly while everyone knew he was competent and trustworthy! That seems like a long time ago.

Here is part of what current Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said today:

“I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently. We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime. For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you….we cannot clog up our hospitals and their beds with people that are being shot senselessly because we’re going to need those beds for people infected with the coronavirus. And it could be your mother, your grandmother or one of your relatives. So take that into consideration.”


  • This is little different from the Struthers, Ohio, police department posting on Facebook, which I noted here,

“Due to the coronavirus, the police department is asking that all criminal activities stop until further notice. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in the matter. We will update you when we deem it’s appropriate to proceed with yo bad selves.”

That, however, was a podunk Ohio’ town’s police department, they were talking about routine crimes, and they were plausibly joking. This is a big city mayor who is talking about murder, and he’s not joking. He’s begging.

  • Futility looks weak, and is weak. This is futile. It is an admission of desperation and powerlessness.

A leader who gets to this point might as well quit.

  • Do murderers really care that their victims may end up in beds that are needed by pandemic victims? Young might as well have said, “If you shoot someone, kill them. The City will be running a free marksmanship clinic as part of its pandemic control efforts.” That would be better, right? Killings don’t take up beds, just botched shootings.

The mayor is literally saying that the worst thing isn’t the shooting and killing, it’s that the violence is crowding out pandemic patients. Funny, I thought killing a human being was always the worst thing. And is it just the senseless killings that are a problem? Are the thoughtful killings, like to discourage incursions on drug dealing territories, acceptable?

  • More weakness: “We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime.” That’s a joke: Baltimore has stood for it, and violent crime has been increasing there for years. The Mayor should have brought along a desk to pound on—that would have scared them. “Ooh, he’s mad now; he really means it. Better not shoot anyone any more!” Then we get the posturing and the bluff:

    “For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you.”

Sure. Mayor. Whatever you say. We didn’t really try to stop the shootings before we needed all these beds, but now, I swear, we’re finally serious. Really. I mean it. Seriously. I’m not kidding this time. Watch out.


11 thoughts on “Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Baltimore Mayor Jack Young

  1. I’m flipping a coin between the LOL icon or the Crying icon. It could go either way.

    That’s for the voters who elected this idiot. I have no laughs or tears for someone that phenomenally stupid.

  2. I doubt his constituency would like what punishing violent offenders actually looks like, so it would appear that his lack of toleration has its limits. It all boils down to what will get him re-elected some day.

    • Wait, wait! Aren’t police murdering innocent young men of color? Shouldn’t the police be called off their murderous rampage? Isn’t the Baltimore PD at fault? There’s a crime problem in Baltimore? I thought we had an over-incarceration problem. I’m confused. You lost me there, Your Honor.

      • Baltimore does have a pretty bad reputation for crooked cops. It’s entirely possible to have both problems at the same time. This is the inevitable result when the underlying culture of a place sinks into corruption from top to bottom – there’s no picking up a turd by the clean end.

  3. If Glenn Kirschner gets wind of this, he will probably accuse the Mayor of some of negligent homicide or voluntary/involuntary manslaughter for the way he’s mishandled the crime crisis in Baltimore.

  4. Is Baltimore one of the many cities operating without the rule of law today? Philadelphia has announced an end to arrests for crimes such as burglary and auto theft. With courts shut down, there are no bail hearings. With no bail hearings, the jails fill up. With no more jail space, arrests stop. They are also releasing prisoners early (to no jobs, no money, no food, curfews and shortages…) That is why the lines are around the block at the gun stores. The government has told us ‘You are on your own’. Yes, we need to rely on the government.

  5. Why doesn’t he just do like the Mayor of Newark and proclaim “24 hours of peace?” We all know that if he does that the gangsters and drug dealers will head home, put on some Beyoncé, crack open a cold one or two, and be just fine. I dunno what’s worse, these sons of 1960s activists acting like Old Testament prophets who can just command and have it happen, or the simply incompetent like this guy. Then again, in 2015 his predecessor ordered the BPD to stand down while the criminal element trashed the place (then blamed the police commissioner and fired him), so maybe he’s a step better.

  6. It’s not the murder and mayhem that’s a problem to these mayors. It’s just that murder and mayhem have to be kept at ACCEPTABLE levels. If you have a big ramp up all at once, people notice and it makes your socialist enclave kinda look bad.

    If asking murderers to consider the strain on local ICU’s doesn’t help, Plan B will be to blame the Republican governor.

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