Stop the Violence Rally promotes peace to the city's youth

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 23:10:29-04

In an effort to reduce violence in the city, Maryland officials hosted a #WearOrange Rally in West Baltimore Friday.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis joined local talents at Mondawmin Mall to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Day.

As violence continues to be an issue in the city, the goal of the rally was to promote peace and show youth other alternatives to crime. 

"I am concerned about crime and the way its impacting young people. I'm a mother and I raise my daughters in the heart of west Baltimore so I don't see how I wouldn't be impacted when I have to charge 13 and 14 year olds with murder," said Baltimore City State's Attorney, Marilyn Mosby.

The community and those who run the city are fed up with the trend of violence.

"We have to stop the violence. It's overwhelming, it's out of hand and we need to put a cap on it we don't want this circle to get any bigger than it already," Dorothy Riddick-Scriber said.

"We're just wanting to be a part of the message and as you well know, crime has escalated, gun violence has escalated in this city unlike we've ever seen before," said Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said, "It's important for the entire community to stand up and see the prosecutor and the police commissioner stand together and say put the guns down."

To help young people find constructive outlets, the state's attorney has coordinated pop up events throughout the city for young people this summer.

"Just standing up and saying to our youth there's more to our community than what we see and what's depicted in the media," said Mosby.

Pugh said she's planning to hold a call to action day on June 10 to continue the conversation of making Baltimore safer.