PROMINENT AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERS TO VOICE CONCERNS WITH BALTIMORE CITY OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

PROMINENT AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERS TO VOICE CONCERNS WITH BALTIMORE CITY OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL AND DEMAND EQUITY IN INVESTIGATIONS


For Immediate Release

February 25, 2021


BALTIMORE, MD—Yesterday, NAACP Baltimore President Kobi Little led a group of esteemed African American leaders in law, faith, and civil rights, in sending a letter to Ms. Isabel Cumming, Baltimore City Inspector General, to extend an invitation to meet to discuss concerns about objectivity, equity and public confidence. President Little released the following statement:

“We are pleased that the Inspector General has accepted the invitation and we are working with her office to schedule the meeting immediately.

Erroneous press reports have suggested that our panel of leaders constituted a rally of support for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. We want to be clear - while recent events involving the Office of the Inspector General and State’s Attorney Mosby were a tipping point for our action and are an example of what appears to be disparate and biased treatment of African American leaders, we have not convened to stand in support of any specific candidate or current office holder.

Based on the Inspector General's prompt response to our invitation to meet, it is prudent to postpone any further engagement with the media until after we have had the opportunity to meet with Inspector General Cumming. We are committed to engaging the Office of the Inspector General in a substantive, productive conversation about the critical role that it plays in Baltimore City. We will be unyielding in our pursuit of fairness and equity for all citizens of Baltimore.”

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