Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she has not had time to closely follow testimony in the trial of two police officers that has raised questions about how widespread corruption has spread through the department.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh released a statement after midnight Thursday to clarify that she is “well aware” of the corruption trial involving her city’s police department, expanding upon comments she made during a news briefing Wednesday morning.
“Be assured, we are addressing the culture and practices of the Baltimore Police Department in a way that will engender the highest level of trust and confidence our citizens want and need in those who are sworn to protect and defend,” Pugh tweeted from her account at 12:26 a.m.
“We do hear some of the testimony that is taking place and I think anybody … would be surprised by some of the accusations that were made,” she said.
Pugh said she is confident that the process of complying with a federal civil rights decree and anti-corruption efforts by Darryl De Sousa, her new police commissioner, will be able to restore the public’s trust in the department.
“The reason we have a consent decree is because of some of the activities that have been portrayed by a few members of our police department,” Pugh said. “The majority of our police department go to work every day to protect the citizens of Baltimore.”