FLASHBACK: Hundreds of Teens Rob and Pillage Downtown Baltimore
According to reports, a large group of teenagers descended on the downtown tourist attraction with one goal in mind: mayhem.
They fought, stole, and resisted arrest.
Baltimore has become notorious for its exceptionally high crime rate, particularly violent crimes, in defiance of national trends, including that of similar cities.
It wasn't always this way. In 2011, Baltimore recorded its lowest homicide rate in 35 years.
In an interview for The Guardian, a former crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun blamed the city's recent spike in violence to the decision of Baltimore state's attorney, Marilyn Mosby to charge six police officers following the death of Freddie Gray.
Simon told his interviewer, "What Mosby basically did was send a message to the Baltimore police department: 'I'm going to put you in jail for making a bad arrest.' So officers figured it out: 'I can go to jail for making the wrong arrest, so I'm not getting out of my car to clear a corner,' and that's exactly what happened post-Freddie Gray."