Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh took to the streets this week to speak with local business owners after a recent spike in murders; strangely suggesting grocery stores and other shops close early to avoid more bloodshed.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Pugh was strolling through West Baltimore when she stopped by a local convenience store to speak with employees; sitting behind bullet-proof plexiglass for their own safety.
“What time do you-all close?” asked the mayor.
““11:30,” said one employee.
“Isn’t that late?” she asked. “That’s a little late. It keeps the crowds around here. Nine o’clock is nice. We need you-all to close at 9 o’clock at night.”
Pugh found herself in hot water in April with murder rates on the rise after months of her Violence Reduction Initiative; a new strategy aimed at minimizing violent crime in one of nation’s most dangerous cities.
“We’re on top of it,” said the Democratic mayor. “We understand the intelligence. We know about the various gangs that are at war right now.
BALTIMORE BACKLASH: Police Commissioner ‘Apologizes’ for ‘200 Years’ of Brutality
Baltimore’s Police Commissioner shocked local residents and the nation Thursday when he “apologized” for “200 years” of police brutality; sparking a fierce backlash from a region struggling to contain escalating gun violence.
Commissioner Darryl De Sousa addressed the crowd at a sold-out Hip Hop concert this week, asking the audience for just “20 seconds” to beg forgiveness for “all the things that the police have done.”
“I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” said De Sousa.
“Two hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights. All the way to the ’80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. All the way to the ’90s. All the way to the 2000’s when we had zero tolerance,” he added.
The President of Baltimore’s Police Union slammed the Commissioner’s comments late Thursday night, saying it was not “appropriate.”
“I’m not sure that a blanket apology covering 200 years is appropriate. Law enforcement was created to protect and serve the citizenry despite race and that is what we strive to do, daily,” the union added.
IT BEGINS: Left-Wing Activists Attack ANOTHER Columbus Memorial in NYC
Vandals attacked yet another Christopher Columbus Statue in New York City this week, spray painting “Don’t Honor Genocide” over the memorial as the nation struggles to respond to a natural disaster unfolding on the Gulf coast.
The criminals attacked the memorial in the Queens section of New York City, defacing the famed explorer’s statue with graffiti that read “Don’t Honor Genocide” and “Take It Down.”
“I’m upset, because I live here all my life, and I don’t like seeing the neighborhood being destroyed – our history. What’s next, George Washington and federal hall?” a woman told a local news station.
This is the fifth such incident in recent weeks that vandals and unidentified assailants have attacked Columbus memorials throughout the country; including Baltimore, Houston, New York, and Buffalo.
The attack comes as the debate over historical landmarks and symbols rages throughout the country, with many left-wing activists calling for the removal of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington statues because of their slave-owning histories.
Hyper-liberal NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio recently stated that the city’s iconic statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle is currently “under review” to determine if the monument commemorates a “symbol of hate.”