After a night of community bonding and conversations, leaders in Baltimore City are faced with the reality that the violence isn’t slowing down yet some elected officials remain defensive about the issues.

During National Night Out Tuesday – a nationwide event where law enforcement officers spend time in the community building relationships with people – the Baltimore Police Department, Mayor Brandon Scott, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and other agencies made nearly a dozen stops in communities across Baltimore.

The event on the second day of August marked yet another bloody start to a month in the city that’s on pace to surpass 300 homicides for the eighth year in a row. To date, there have been at least 215 homicides and more than 430 others injured in shootings.

July ended with 35 homicides and even more shootings. FOX45 News asked Mayor Brandon Scott during the event what he is telling Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison to do to avoid even more violence moving forward.... Read More: FOX45