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McDonough: Inner Harbor Terrorized by 'Black Youth Mobs'

Baltimore County Republican calls for State Police patrols and to declare tourist area "a no travel zone."

The Inner Harbor area of Baltimore City is being terrorized by "black youth mobs" and city and state officials are "covering it up," according to one Baltimore County Republican.

"This has been going on for years," said Del. Pat McDonough, a Middle River Republican who also represents part of Harford County.

"I have a responsibility as an elected official to bring this to the public's attention," the delegate said, adding that "roving mobs of black youth are responsible for the attacks."

A spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declined to comment directly to McDonough's remarks.

"Del. McDonough's sad and racially-charged publicity stunt is not deserving of a response and Mayor Rawlings-Blake is proud of the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department for reducing crime to historic lows.  As an elected official, Del. McDonough should show more respect for the work our police officers do with the community to make Baltimore safer," spokesman Ryan O'Doherty wrote in an email. 

McDonough said he and his wife were recently driving through the Inner Harbor area when they witnessed "a mob of nearly 100 people "battling" in the middle of the street. It was a pretty frightening sight."

McDonough cited recent violent episodes in the city including shootings during New Years Eve celebrations and beating of a man on St. Patrick's Day as evidence that the city is a dangerous place to visit.

"People, retired police officers, have been calling me telling me this has been going on for a long time and the city and the mayor are covering it up," McDonough said, adding that he believes Gov. Martin O'Malley should send in Maryland State Police to assist in patrolling the Inner Harbor area.

He also said the area should be declared a "no travel zone."

"The State Department does it all the time for people traveling to the Middle East and other areas," McDonough said. "People need to be alerted that there's a danger."

Rawlings-Blake's administration objected to McDonough's assertion that it was covering up crime downtown. In January the mayor, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso and Baltimore police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III held a press conference heralding the city's achievement in reducing juvenile violence.

According to a news release, last year the city reduced youth violence by 37 percent over the previous two years, while reducing juvenile arrests by 60 percent in the same time period. 

McDonough's use of the term "black youth mob" in interviews and a press release emailed Wednesday has drawn attention because of racial overtones. The delegate was questioned about his word choice Thursday morning on WBAL 1090 AM.

"If this was a bunch of skinheads doing this the reports would say it's a bunch of white skinheads," McDonough said in an interview with Patch. "I could have said Chinese youth but that would have been inaccurate. That would be dishonest."

"People are preoccupied with race," McDonough said. "They are not preoccupied with public safety."

McDonough said there have been other incidents involving mobs of white youth in the Fells Point and Canton areas of the city.

When asked why he didn't put out a press release decrying youth violence in general, McDonough said: "Those incidents were a rarity."

McDonough criticized Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as being more interested in promoting the Baltimore Grand Prix than dealing with the issue of youth violence.

"If she would dedicate that energy and resources to youth outreach, community centers and better intelligence tools for police, I think the city would be a lot safer," McDonough said.

O'Malley Friday downplayed McDonough's comments and said the city is safer.

"Baltimore City has reduced crime by a greater percentage than any major city in America in the last 10 years," O'Malley said. "Pat should come and visit some time."

getreal July 26, 2012 at 09:58 PM
the city leaders care about nothing but perpetuating their existance, through votes from the drains on society, as we pay for it all. Shaun should relocate to SW Baltimore, with his Peace Pipe, singing Kumbaya. Meanwhile, I''ll spend my money someplace else, while the Federal Government continues to support these sore holes with more government handouts to the "parents" of the perpetrators.
Anita November 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Black people have a very good reason to mistrust & be suspicious of Whites? Really? Yes, poverty...(let's go the next step.) Why poverty? A legacy of...(go ahead...reach for it...) Slavery, Jim Crow, and unequal starting points & opportunities! Is that so hard to swallow? Apparently. Do you people who 'fear' for your lives by roving bands of black kids downtown realize that: 63.4% of the city (and don't you perry hall nimby's EVER call it yours) is Black, and this year 10/196 homicides so far involved Whites? So (let's do the math, PHHS probably taught it to the Whites...) 5.1% of murder victims were White. 36.7% of the population here is White. ARE YOU DAFT? You have to A) Do drugs B) Sell drugs or C) Tell police about A &/or B to be killed. This society POSIONS it's minority youth. Kids are jerks, everywhere. Social media/ technology is a big player these days. Check your terminology, check your privilege, and check your internal biases (we ALL have them. Yes, even YOU) And stay FAR away from my city, please, at least until you can look at people and see humans.. Your ticky-tacky houses don't resonate here.
1ke November 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Very few people here are going to listen, Anita. First, they are only vaguely interested in the city since their racist forbears fled in fear. Second, they flee in fear since what is in their hearts shines through and they walk around as targets for disrespect. Third, ummm....this is a dead thread. I like your perspective. Jump in on one of the live threads.
Baltimorecityofanimals March 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM
I am a crime victim, victimized in the inner harbor area, an area that is a sham, surrounded by various security and tourist assistance types whose job is to provide the aura of safety. The cities residents are animals. Sure only x percent actually do the beating, but the rest are the support system that allows it to go on. Just like in Nazi Germany. Just like in any culture of violence. Stay away from Baltimore and its animals.
Baltimorecityofanimals March 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Words of wisdom. The city's residents are animals.

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