It's worth remembering what prompted the mayor's comments. Reports this spring of a mass disturbance downtown on St. Patrick's Day — including a widely viewed video of a man getting beaten up near the courthouse — prompted Del. Patrick McDonough, a Republican who represents Baltimore and Harford counties, to warn of "roving mobs of black youth." He declared the Inner Harbor a "no-travel zone" and urged the governor to send out the National Guard. After other disturbing, if smaller, incidents, Sen. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat, said the mayor should "do the right thing and call the governor, admit you're overwhelmed and ask for help."