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Baltimore, Maryland — The mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, has resigned from the mayor’s office amid growing public outrage over police brutality and a growing national debate over the use of force by police officers.
In a statement, Pugh said she would be stepping down effective immediately.
She said she was stepping down in order to “take a break from the constant stream of public comments and questions about the policing of Baltimore,” the city that has been beset by unrest since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody on July 8.
In her statement, she also said she is resigning to “reflect on my own experience” after suffering through years of being “the subject of public mockery, bullying and violence.”
The mayor was criticized for her silence after the police shooting of Freddie Grey in April, when police shot and killed the 28-year-old Gray, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Pugh had been under pressure to resign, as protests began in Baltimore following Gray’s death and violence erupted in the city.
But she remained defiant and remained defiant during her final weeks as mayor.
After Gray’s funeral on May 18, she announced that the city would hold a public meeting for residents to discuss Gray’s case.
Pouches were placed outside the city’s police station, in front of the entrance, to mark the occasion.
The meeting came after the death last month of a 22-year old man who was shot and wounded by police.
Poudre said the police department had been conducting “a complete review of the department’s policies and procedures” following Gray.
“The city is mourning the loss of Freddie and the ongoing tragedy that unfolded in Baltimore,” Pouces statement said.
“Our police officers did not stop Freddie Gray from reaching for his cellphone, but they did help him, and we will continue to do so in the future.” “
Gray was fatally shot by police while handcuffed on April 18, while handcuffed in a police van. “
Our police officers did not stop Freddie Gray from reaching for his cellphone, but they did help him, and we will continue to do so in the future.”
Gray was fatally shot by police while handcuffed on April 18, while handcuffed in a police van.
The protests in Baltimore have been fueled by the death in custody of Gray, whose death was ruled a homicide by a judge, and has prompted a federal investigation.
At least six people have been killed by police since Gray’s arrest and Gray’s trial was set to begin on March 22.
More than 100 people have died in the protests since then.
POUCs statement on her resignation was the latest in a series of public statements that have drawn criticism from civil rights groups and other critics of the police and the criminal justice system.
In April, Baltimore police union President Larry Boyd issued a statement condemning Pugh’s resignation.
Boyd said Pugh was “acting as a political pawn for the Baltimore Police Department,” and she was acting as a spokesperson for “those who profit from the oppression of Black people.”
Boyd said the mayor should “step down and allow the citizens and those who support her to hold her office for a period of time.”
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Puch will step down as Baltimore’s mayor.
pic.twitter.com/jVVvDY7JpQd — The Baltimore Sun (@SunSun) May 21, 2021 Pugh and other leaders in Baltimore, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Chief Cathy Lanier, have been criticized for failing to denounce the unrest that has occurred since Gray was killed.
Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott said during a council hearing last month that he did not know why the mayor had not taken action to stop the violence.
“We are going to be working on that,” he said.
In Baltimore, protesters have been rallying around the hashtag #BringBackFreddieGray, which was started after Gray’s shooting.
A crowd of about 100 protesters marched toward City Hall on Wednesday, chanting, “Cathy, we’re tired of this,” as the crowd waved Baltimore flags.
The crowd continued to chant during the morning rally, but then moved to a smaller area of the city for a smaller protest.
The rally comes as police are targeting residents in Baltimore who have called for an end to the violence and protests.
Earlier this week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation into law requiring police officers to wear body cameras for at least five years.
The legislation also requires officers to have a body camera for a year, and it gives them the ability to share footage with the public.