From Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake walks back her earlier comments about "thugs" causing problem in the city.
“We don’t have thugs in Baltimore,” Rawlings-Blake said. “We have a lot of kids that are acting out, a lot of people in our community who are acting out, and the bad part of it is, we all know that on the other side of this they are going to regret what they’ve done, but it’s too late because the damage has been done.”
Her comments came after the Rev. Frank Reid III of Bethel AME Church, said “There are no thugs in Baltimore. There are abused children, who are being abused by the cut backs in education, cut backs in housing. Abused people become abusers.”
The two were part of a group who gathered at Bethel AME in the Upton neighborhood to announce efforts to provide food Tuesday to children in the city.
Juan Dixon, Terps special assistant and former Maryland and Calvert Hall star, releases statement:
"This is a very difficult time for the city that I love and call home. It is vital that we come together as a community to support each other and make it a priority to find solutions, so we may rise from this tragic situation in a better place, not only for ourselves, but for future generations to come."