Occupy Baltimore Protesters Attend Mayor’s Budget Workshop

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s been six weeks since Occupy Baltimore was kicked out of McKeldin Square downtown.

Now, as Mike Schuh reports, their promise to be more visible in how the city is governed is causing some unease downtown.

Occupy Baltimore was a force to be reckoned with. They raised awareness and after being removed, pledged to have a voice in Baltimore politics. Saturday, they got their chance.

“[Our priorities are] children, education,” said protester Kim Trueheart.

Nearly half the people at the mayor’s budget workshop were from Occupy Baltimore, there to be a part of citizen input.

“We’re giving people the chance to be heard and put themselves in my shoes,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

But this was a bit different. When the mayor interacts with residents, her security detail is near but Saturday, uniform officers, tactical and other commanders, patrolmen on foot and in cars, plus those inside added up to a much larger presence than normal.

“It’s an unfortunate reality and historically, there’s always been a back and forth. As citizens exercise power, we’re challenging power,” said protester Mike McGuire.

So why were there so many police officers?

“You’d have to ask the police department,” Rawlings-Blake said.

Their chief spokesman said, “We send officers to all demonstrations. We’d rather have too many people there than too few.”

No problems arose…other than how to erase a projected $52 million budget shortfall.

This was the last of the mayor’s open meetings. Her budget plan goes to the Board of Estimates in late March.

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  • Policebytches

    While the crack heads and criminals RUN AMOK….the baltimore police guys and girls are in force at stephanie’s budget meetinig making sure the PEOPLE; the legal CITIZENS don’t make her too uncomfortable.

    Great example of MISUSE of power….Dumb idiots….now, how about they have police out in force to end some of the crimes in the city…like the burglaries in Fells Point, the rapes, etc.,

    Swine police regime.

  • defecating warrior project

    Liberal, neo-conservative, useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
    Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thank you heroes for all your fvcking service, and congrats on Man o’ the Year.
    For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachik of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement that patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble defecators, lest the streets flow with blood.

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