Baltimore County Delegate Warns of “Roving Black Youth Mobs”, Asks Gov. to Send in State Police
From The Baltimore Sun:
Del. Patrick L. McDonough, a Republican whose district includes part of Harford County, distributed a news release with the headline: “Black Youth Mobs Terrorize Baltimore on Holidays.” In it, McDonough said he had sent a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley urging him to use the state police to help prevent attacks and to declare the Inner Harbor area a “no-travel zone” until safety can be guaranteed.
McDonough’s message, which came on the last day of a General Assembly special session, offended some colleagues who thought it gratuitously highlighted the issue of race.
“It’s a throwback to the ’50s and ’60s, and it’s obviously race-baiting,” said Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., a Baltimore Democrat who offered to take McDonough on a guided tour of the Inner Harbor on a weekend night.
Since that time, the delegate has said that he maintains his view, which was partly blamed on an attack of a white man after he attended a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in March. It is unclear whether people are taking McDonough seriously enough to abandon the Harbor for fear of angry black youth.
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