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McDonough: Towson Does Not Have Mob Violence Problem

Republican delegate says brawl outside the Recher Theater in Towson Sunday morning is not comparable to the "black youth mobs" violence he says plagues the Inner Harbor.

A brawl outside a Towson bar Sunday is not comparable to violence in the Inner Harbor, according to Del. Pat McDonough.

McDonough, a Middle River Republican, called the fight outside the Recher Theater that resulted in seven arrests "an anomaly" and not comparable to incidents in the city that he blamed on "black youth mobs."

"I believe what happened in Towson is an anomaly," McDonough said. "It's the result of poor planning and putting too many people in too small an area."

McDonough praised County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County police Chief Jim Johnson for acting quickly.

Kamentez blamed owners of the bar for the fight. The county executive and the police chief said most of the people involved in the fight came from outside the county.

"The county executive and the police chief quickly acknowledged there was an issue and they're working to make sure it never happens again," McDonough said. "This is not what the mayor did."

In May, McDonough issued statements sharply critical of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's handing of several incidents in the Inner Harbor area. McDonough blamed the violence on "black youth mobs" and accused Rawlings-Blake and state officials of covering it up.

He also said the Inner Harbor should be declared a "no travel zone."

Two weeks ago, Rawlings-Blake highlighted the safety of the area, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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Towson4Now September 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Video evidence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3bgYid2POk
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT September 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Very sad situation. Obviously not Towson students. We unfortunately have a small but growing group of uncivilized people in Baltimore. It is still confusing how a portion of society can behave this way. I just don't understand how people can behave this way. Was this the dream of our true civil rights leaders? How would they feel about seeing this?
Steve September 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Sure PHP Sure. Now we know why Perry Hall is such a screwed up place. You have the last bastion of Rednecks living there while they wait for Grandma to kick the bucket so they can buy a place up in Pennsyltucky.
James Smith September 29, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Have you ever been in downtown Towson, during the summer, on Friday and Saturday when the mall closes??? Hundreds of people walking through the town and heading back to the city. Looks similar to the video, each weekend.
Parkvillehoney October 02, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I find it sad that black leaders and black religious leaders SELDOM have anything to say when violence is committed by young black adults. BUT, let a supposed injustice be committed against a black person and let the protesting begin. Sorry, but it works both ways. Call these people out when they commit acts of violence and are disrupting a community with their irresponsible behavior.

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