Baltimore City Council committee to hold hearing on ‘squeegee issue’ – Baltimore Sun
A Baltimore City Council committee will meet Wednesday afternoon with law enforcement and members of Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration to hold a hearing on what city officials have dubbed the “problem of the squeegee”.
The Public Safety and Government Operations Committee has scheduled the hearing for 1 p.m. at City Hall. Squeegee workers, usually black teenagers, are a mainstay on some of downtown Baltimore’s busiest street corners, offering to clean motorists’ windshields for a few dollars.
Some business and political leaders view squeegee workers as a nuisance at best and a threat to public safety at worst. Most of the people who work at intersections as squeegee workers are teenagers and children trying to survive, not a threat. Many workers need money to support younger siblings or their own children.
But political tensions around the scraping came to a head earlier this month when Timothy Reynolds, a 48-year-old white man from Hampden, got out of his car with a baseball bat at the intersections of Light and Conway streets to confront a group of raclette workers.
The workers and Reynolds had an altercation that ended when one of them shot Reynolds. Baltimore police have arrested a 15-year-old boy and charged him with first-degree murder for the shooting.
The shooting sent the squeegee job debate to a head, bringing the racial nuances of the case to the fore.
In addition to the City Council, Wednesday’s hearing will include testimony from the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, the Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, the Mayor’s Office for Safety and Neighborhood Engagement, Mayor’s Office of Child and Family Success, Mayor’s Office of African-American Male Engagement, Mayor’s Office of Job Development, and the Joint Learning Program of the city of Baltimore.
Members of the public interested in participating can attend the meeting in person or online.