Baltimore’s Rawlings-Blake Elected President of US Mayors After Giving Rioters “Space to Destroy” Her City

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A Freddie Gray protester hurls a guard rail through a store window in Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake told reporters she gave protesters “the space to destroy” during the Baltimore riots.

** Baltimore hooligans torched 61 businesses, damaged 350 businesses, and injured 113 police officers during the riots.

This month Rawlings-Blake was elected the first African-America woman to lead the US Conference of Mayors after her stellar work in Baltimore.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake will discuss the Freddie Gray case in her inaugural address as president of the US Conference of Mayors.
The Baltimore Sun reported:

In her inaugural address as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday plans to discuss the Freddie Gray case and the subsequent unrest in Baltimore.

Rawlings-Blake said she will call on mayors across the country to develop a bi-partisan agenda at a September meeting in Baltimore to address systemic issues, including poverty, that were highlighted by April’s unrest. She said the agenda will be called the “Baltimore Compact,” and the mayor’s group will press both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to agree to it.

“I’ve heard from so many mayors who are struggling with the same underlying issues that we’re facing,” Rawlings-Blake said. “The issues of unemployment and poverty. Even with the reforms we put in place, the unrest still happened in Baltimore. They know it could happen anywhere. We’re having conversations about what else can we do as mayors to confront these underlying issues. It has to be a national conversation.”

Rawlings-Blake will be sworn in Monday as the first African-American woman to hold the influential leadership position. She’s also the first Baltimorean to hold the post as “America’s Mayor.”

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