By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected]
On Aug 7, Baltimore reported its 201st murder of 2019.
With the seemingly ubiquitous backdrop of violence, the neighborhood of Park Heights in Northwest Baltimore and other communities across the city and state continued to push for stronger ties between community, law enforcement and politicians.
“National Night Out,” celebrated by millions of Americans across thousands of communities across the country, is an effort to enhance relationships between community residents and law enforcement. In Maryland, events were scheduled throughout city police districts and counties around the state.
Specifically in Park Heights, violence claimed the 200th homicide victim of the year on Aug. 5, and was witnessed by leaders who helped organize the Night Out activities in that community.
“Special thanks to Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton and Pam Curtis for their quick response to a shooting at Park Heights and Coldspring Lane,” wrote community member G. “Thunder” Robinson, who owns the Uppercut Boxing Gym. Curtis is the community outreach coordinator for Park Heights Renaissance and president of the Park Circle Community Association.
“The Councilwoman showed no fear, even with gunfire she got there before the police. Thank you both for looking out for Uppercut Boxing Gym, to make sure that everyone was safe.”
Despite the violence, community residents gathered at the Delta Community Center, at 2501 Springhill Ave., in Park Heights. Neighbors enjoyed free food and entertainment, and had the opportunity to directly engage law enforcement officials and political leaders. Children played games, got their faces painted and received back to school supplies.