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Brochin: City Needs State Police Presence

Baltimore County Democratic senator says his constituents don't feel safe visiting Baltimore and are no longer going.

UPDATED (5:06 p.m.)—Sen. Jim Brochin said Tuesday that Baltimore County residents don't feel safe visiting Baltimore and called on Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to use Maryland State Police to patrol the Inner Harbor.

The Towson Democrat made his comments weeks after Del. Pat McDonough, a Middle River Republican, called on O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake to deal with "" and declared the Inner Harbor a no travel zone.

"My constituents are talking about this and they say they don't feel safe going down there and they aren't going down there," Brochin said, adding that he disagreed with McDonough's racially-charged presentation but agreed that something needs to be done to make the area safer.

"Everyone knows that most of the people in these incidents are black youth but you don't have to say 'black youth mobs," Brochin said. "You only inflame the issue. The part of [McDonough's] issue that is solid is that the city resources can only be stretched so far and there are only so many police officers they can hire."

Brochin said O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake should put together a task force and look at the idea of using state police in the Inner Harbor area during the tourist season.

"All you have to do is look at the video from St. Patrick's Day and you'll see 100 youths running and wilding down the street," Brochin said.

The issue is one of importance to county residents, according to Brochin.

"I'm out door-knocking in my district and constituents in my old and new district are talking about this and saying they don't feel safe going down there and they're not going," Brochin said. "Everyone knows the people of Baltimore County are one of the engines that drive the economy in Baltimore City."

Brochin said he and Councilmen Todd Huff and David Marks, two Republicans, worked together to solve issues related to problems with youths near the Towson Town Center.

O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake are dismissing the issue because it comes from McDonough, according to Brochin.

"That put me over the top. Their response is nothing," said Brochin.

A spokesman for Rawlings-Blake declined to comment for this post.

North Baltimore Patch Local Editor Adam Bednar contributed to this report.

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You June 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I pray for you Able. You lack facts, non-biased education and the ability to see the world as it is (without shaded glasses) and you suffer from serious guilt or victimized teachings. Keep playing the race card my uninformed friend. The rest of us will live an honest, tax-paying, crime free and real life, telling it as it is. As I said... Able, time for you to find another blog to pollute with your biased, slanted, hate pandering, agenda! Bye Bye! Go away buddy! You have no game (but the race card). LOL!
You June 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
WAIT! "ABLE"... If there were a local debate on the issue; would you attend to debate the topics? I guarantee that I would attend! You would probably make excuses and bail out due to illness or to....
Able Baker June 08, 2012 at 01:11 PM
And you suffer from a weird parochial worldview that allows you to make sweeping generalizations based on skin color and ignore real issues in the government and criminal justice system. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
Edward V tindel June 09, 2012 at 04:39 AM
this politician must not know the history of the state police effect in Baltimore city,check your history people have short memories.the last time the state police assisted the bcpd,they were caught up in corruption on the block.im surprised, no one remembers the day the state police raided the block,got caught breaking the law with the strippers on the block.why would you want them to come back..The Sun reported Tuesday that three undercover officers are under investigation by state police internal affairsdetectives. According to interviews with workers on The Block and with state police, two officers solicited a prostitute in one of the bars and another spent the night in a hotel with a female bartender who was married to an owner of a bar targeted in the investigation.  http://baltcitywaterbillingscam.renthandy.com/
Edward V tindel June 09, 2012 at 04:41 AM
people have short memories.the last time the state police assisted the bcpd,they were caught up in corruption on the block.im surprised, no one remembers the day the state police raided the block,got caught breaking the law with the strippers on the block.why would you want them to come back..The Sun reported Tuesday that three undercover officers are under investigation by state police internal affairsdetectives. According to interviews with workers on The Block and with state police, two officers solicited a prostitute in one of the bars and another spent the night in a hotel with a female bartender who was married to an owner of a bar targeted in the investigation.  http://baltcitywaterbillingscam.renthandy.com/ the sate police were so bad that all the charges against the people on the block were dropped

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