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Zurawik: Congratulations, City Hall, on making us look clueless — again

Zurawik: Congratulations, City Hall, on making us look clueless — again

Let’s give it up for all the Baltimore leaders who were involved in the hiring, vetting and rubber-stamp approval of Darryl De Sousa as police commissioner five months ago.

With his resignation Tuesday, Baltimore is once again a national media punchline. And all the police-community-misery from the Gun Trace Task Force scandal to the uprising of 2015 is back on full display. The mayor and many others in this town complain about a “narrative” outside of Baltimore that the city is a dysfunctional mess. But The Times, CNN, AP, the Wall Street Journal and all the other news outlets that covered this didn’t make it up.

The Associated Press story that ran on websites ranging from...

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