City Council President Scott's statement on the incident at the Inner Harbor
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
I have been asked for my comment on this weekend’s incident at the Inner Harbor. I will address that below, but first and foremost I would like to speak to the violent crime that occurred over the weekend. Four people were victims of homicide in Baltimore City. This is simply unacceptable. This year, homicides are up 10% and non-fatal shootings are up 18.9%. Addressing the disease of gun violence is my number one priority. I will continue to press the police department to present a plan to address the violence that is plaguing our neighborhoods.
In reference to this weekend's incident at the Inner Harbor, I have been in contact with Commissioner Harrison along with other Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Commanders. In our communication I requested Commissioner Harrison to allow me to review body camera and CCTV footage. Keeping people in Baltimore safe, including our young people, has to be our top priority. However, we cannot allow the type of behavior that was displayed to take place.
We must hold those who participate in illegal activity responsible, but everyone who cares about Baltimore must also understand that most of the young people who visit the Harbor are not there to engage in illegal activity. We have to recognize that we must provide opportunities for young people to enjoy themselves safely while simultaneously enforcing the law.
To that end I will be working with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, my colleagues on the City Council, Baltimore Recreation and Parks, community organizations, and others to provide activities that ensure that our public spaces including the Inner Harbor are welcoming to our young people.