Mayor and City Council split over ‘gag orders’ in city settlements, including in cases of police abuse
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has signed an executive order retroactively barring the use of “gag orders" in some city settlements. Advocates for a ban on such restrictions called the order a misleading political maneuver meant to distract from a more effective attempt by the City Council to end the practice.
A group of Baltimore business leaders is calling on elected officials and police to do more about “squeegee kids” downtown. The move comes weeks after City Hall quietly launched a “Squeegee Alternative Plan” that attacks the poverty driving the youth to clean windshields.