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Mayor calls St. Patrick's Day violence a "black eye" for city as police ramp up summer deployment

Mayor calls St. Patrick's Day violence a "black eye" for city as police ramp up summer deployment

Visitors to Baltimore's downtown on summer weekends will see up to 50 additional police officers, a show of force aimed at preventing a repeat of St. Patrick's Day, when hundreds of youths battled and a tourist was beaten — scenes the mayor described as "a black eye for the city." Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake toured the streets around the Inner Harbor and downtown for two hours Friday, the first night of increased police presence. During the late-night walk, she made her first public comments since reports that the disturbances on March 17 were far more extensive and more violent than police had initially described. While she praised officers for pushing...

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