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Baltimore mayor-elect talks crime and police reform

Posted at 6:18 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 18:18:11-05

BALTIMORE — Baltimore's newly elected mayor, Brandon Scott, will be be sworn in December 8 to lead a city that needs to overcome a series of issues that have long plagued the city.

After nearly a year in which school have remained closed, and businesses struggling to survive, crime and policing issues will be at the forefront of his agenda.

"We are a place that has the best health and mental health institutions in partners in the world," said Scott. "This is a part of how we’re going to reimagine public safety through our consent decree and as we work through reforming how we handle public safety through the Baltimore City Police Department and other agencies."

Scott said he will work with Commissioner Michael Harrison to implement the federal consent decree that mandates police reform.

As for crime and gun violence, Scott said he wants to approach them with a more holistic effort, an effort that seeks to identify at-risk youth and divert them from becoming involved in criminal acts.