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Mayor's stroll should not require armed escort [Letter]

As a resident of the Inner Harbor, I don't think a message of "safe streets" was reflected in Wednesday's photo-op ("Mayor strolls to show safe streets," June 5). If downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor are so "safe," why did Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake need a uniformed police detail during her stroll? It even looks like there was a sheriff or Maryland State Police trooper accompanying her as well.

If Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts want to make a point about safety, this was hardly the way. How much better had everyone been in plain clothes. That would have sent the appropriate message.

I live at the Inner Harbor. It's a great neighborhood. Fortunately, I don't need an armed escort to walk around — yet!

Rosalind E. Heid, Baltimore

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