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Baltimore Mayor Pugh defends De Sousa hiring, praises Fitzgerald, at church unity event with Jewish community

Baltimore Mayor Pugh defends De Sousa hiring, praises Fitzgerald, at church unity event with Jewish community

At the celebration of unity at Liberty Grace Church of God, honoring the partnership between its senior pastor, the Rev. Terris King, and Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Pikesville, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh capitalized on the moment to defend her hiring of Joel Fitzgerald to head the Baltimore Police Department before a diverse crowd.

This was the most scrutinized selection of a police chief ever in this city,” Pugh said before the congregation, composed of local politicians, members of the church and members of the Jewish community. “The next commissioner, we turned him upside down, we shake him out, we turned him back around and...

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