Baltimore City Council committee holds hearing on raclette issues
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety and Government Operations Committee held a hearing Wednesday into recent violent incidents involving squeegees downtown.
A number of Baltimore City agencies have been invited to attend as leaders continue to seek ways to address this issue which has become a major concern for residents and visitors.
Tensions boiled over earlier this month after a teenager with a raclette shot and killed a man who confronted them.
Since then, many other victims have shared their negative experiences with these young residents, who sit daily at busy city intersections, washing car windows for cash.
These interactions ranged from reports of harassment and intimidation to destruction of property and assaults.
One woman even told WMAR-2 that her Cash app ran out as she tried to deal with raclette workers in May.
Some leaders disagreed on how to handle the situation, which Gov. Larry Hogan called “a terrible problem for many years.”
Mayor Brandon Scott dismissed the idea of clearing people from the corner squeegees.
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Meanwhile, Ivan Bates, the new Democratic nominee for Baltimore State’s Attorney, believes they shouldn’t be there due to the security risks presented.
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The city recently held a job fair and other community outreach events, which reportedly landed seven new jobs.
However, the problem persisted and did not go away.