A Maryland legislator accused of race baiting after warning of “black mobs” converging on downtown Baltimore and urging the the city’s popular Inner Harbor be declared a “no-travel zone” is now calling on the mayor to resign unless she holds a “solutions summit,” reports the Baltimore Sun. Delegate Patrick McDonough, a Republican from Harford and Baltimore counties, also called for a citywide curfew, which already exists, barring people under 18 from being without adult supervision on city streets after midnight.
“The mayor is playing a dangerous game with the lives of innocent people,” McDonough said. “The violent incidents in the greater harbor area is only one symptom of youth street violence in Baltimore. It is becoming clear that beyond the usual hooligans, organized gangs are leaving their turf and joining in the criminal activities.” There was no immedidiate comment from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Last week, her spokesman called McDonough’s comments a “sad and racially charged publicity stunt” that “is not deserving of a response.”