Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Charm City needs to get a grip on Inner Harbor violence

As a resident of the Inner Harbor, I was shocked to read the details surrounding the St. Patrick's Day "mayhem" ("St. Patrick's Day violence exceeded initial reports, police dispatch tapes show," May 13). I appreciate The Sun report and Peter Hermann's excellent investigative journalism. Your front page story, accompanied by extensive play-by-play transcripts, was impressive. Also, I'm grateful Maryland's Public Information Act makes it possible to finally learn the details. Perhaps our city government would rather have had the whole sorry matter swept under the carpet.

It's time Inner Harbor residents and businesses take proactive steps when they witness hundreds of young people massing in the area. The police did a fine job, that's for sure — but containing a problem is not the same as preventing it. The communication between the police on the street, helicopter Foxtrot and the command center demonstrated a difficult job well done.

But why did this happen? Where did the 200 to 400 kids "stretched out" in our area arrive from? And why were local folks silent when they saw them spoiling for trouble?

The Baltimore police may be studying this incident in preparation for July Fourth, but they must consider Star Spangled 200 and tall ship Sailabration. In mid-June we will host events in honor of the War of 1812 Bicentennial, and so the police need to consider this as well. We certainly don't need a repeat of the St. Patrick's Day debacle when thousands of tourists from around the world will be visiting.

I'm appalled I pay huge property taxes to live in an urban "war zone." Hundreds of youth from outside the area have no right to invade our community and cause this kind of mayhem. The Inner Harbor is no place for harassing hotel guests, stomping tourists or stabbing other youths.

Please, Charm City, get a grip!

Roz Ellis Heid, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Kudos for the Coast Guard

    I would like to commend the excellent work that was conducted over the past week by Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. Under the outstanding leadership of Captain Mark O'Malley, Sector Baltimore had three very challenging events within a very short time span: President Obama's visit to Baltimore, Sailabration...

  • City police did a terrific job during Sailabration

    I want to commend the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department for the job they do every day and especially for their work when hundreds of thousands of people visited the city during Sailabration.

  • At Sailabration, Baltimore snubbed the Brits — again

    Sailabration ended with "happy visitors, good will and civic pride," according to The Sun's editorial ("The second defense of Baltimore," June 20). Except for the shabby treatment of the superb instrumentalists and marchers of the British Royal Marines band, who played and marched to an almost...

  • Baltimore crime: Inner Harbor safe, but not downtown

    In the discussion of the downtown crime problem by Del. Pat McDonough and The Sun's Dan Rodricks, there is an important missing link ("Sailabration brings out the mobs," June 19). When the link is considered, one can see that they are both right! They are discussing two different areas.

  • Sailabration security was not the norm

    The Sailabration crowds were covered with cops. We had our photos taken with groups of them, wherever we went. It reminded me of London. Some were in dress uniforms, and these fine officers seemed to be pulled from other duties, like desk jobs. They likely were briefed to smile and be cordial,...

  • Let's learn from Sailabration's success

    I attended all five days of the Star-Spangled Sailabration and was amazed to see so many happy faces in spite of the crowds and long waits to board ships ("The second defense of Baltimore," June 20. Since I live at the Inner Harbor, I was anticipating problems and perhaps some trouble, but nothing...

  • Sailabration: A truly 'star-spangled' experience

    My heart burst with pride in Baltimore over the week of celebration commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. It has been said that while the American Revolution achieved our independence, the War of 1812 secured our liberties.

  • History left out of Historical Society gala

    The Maryland Historical Society's Bicentennial Gala Seems to me to have forgotten a few people ("Maryland Historical Society's War of 1812 Bicentennial Gala: Scene & Heard," June 17).