Today at 4pm, City Bloc—a group of students from Baltimore City College and other schools that is affiliated with Baltimore Bloc and Baltimore United for Change—will hold a press conference at City Hall in advance of a scheduled city council hearing to confirm the nomination of Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis as permanent commissioner.
According to an email distributed by Baltimore United for Change, City Bloc has three demands of Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:
“1.) Both must comply with their open letter on the rules of engagement in regards to peaceful protesters.
2.) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake must fire Paul Graziano for his negligence as housing commissioner of Baltimore City.
3.) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake must divert $20 Million for community schools and grassroots organizations in FY 2017.”
City Bloc was among several groups affiliated with a protest last week during which activists occupied City Hall in an effort to get city officials to address their demands. OSI-Baltimore supports City Bloc in its efforts to demand that city officials work with committed activists, including these passionate, well-informed students, to help reform the Baltimore City Police Department so that it serves all Baltimoreans fairly and with respect.