I witnessed my first shooting before my 10th birthday. I’ve ducked bullets and lost close friends to gun violence. And since becoming mayor, I’ve comforted young survivors in the Harlem Park memory garden and grieved with the family of my fallen friend Dante Barksdale. This persistent pain shapes the Black experience growing up in Baltimore. And although this pain helped write my story, we cannot allow it to script our future.
Mayor Brandon Scott: Building a safer Baltimore for our children
August 24, 2021