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Pugh says she won't charge Baltimore taxpayers for security detail while out of state

Pugh says she won't charge Baltimore taxpayers for security detail while out of state

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says she won't take taxpayer-funded police officers with her when she travels out of state on city business or vacation.

"The mayor does not travel across the country and around the country with executive protection," spokesman Anthony McCarthy said. "When the mayor travels to other cities, those cities are alerted to her presence and there is protection that is given."

Pugh traveled to Los Angeles last week as part of a panel discussion with the National Basketball Association on public health issues.

Her new policy breaks with the practice of previous mayors.

The city paid $1,800 for security officers to...

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