The president of the Baltimore city FOP Lt. Gene Ryan has issued a statement saying the spike in violence is due to criminals taking advantage of the situation.
"Criminals feel empowered now," Ryan states. "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."
There have been 38 murders in Baltimore city over the last month since the riots.
Ryan also gave a statement regarding Batts' apology during the union meeting Wednesday night.