Influential BUILD Group Calls on Pugh to Release Anti-Violence Strategy

Some 200 members of an influential group of churches and community organizations rallied near the home of a 97-year-old homicide victim Wednesday to urge Mayor Catherine Pugh to release a comprehensive strategy to fight violence.

“Our mayor says she has a plan to reduce violence,” said the Rev. Marshall Prentice, a leader of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development. “Has anyone seen the plan?”

“No,” the crowd called back.

“Madam mayor, show us the plan,” Prentice said.

As violent crime in the city has soared, Pugh has faced mounting calls to spell out a response. So far this year, 206 people have been killed in the city.