Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned from office Thursday following a series of FBI raids at her private residence and City Hall; ending days of speculation after her attorney claimed she was not “lucid” enough to plan her political future.
“Sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and to the credibility of the office of the mayor,” Pugh’s attorney read in a statement from her. “Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward.”
“Now more than ever, Baltimore City needs strong and responsible leadership,” said GOP Governor Larry Hogan. “Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead. For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”
The FBI launched the raid following an investigation into whether Pugh violated federal law by writing a children’s book then selling the material to companies with ties to the Baltimore government.
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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.
BALTIMORE MAYHEM: Mayor Urges STORES TO CLOSE to Avoid Bloodshed
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.