Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won’t run for reelection next year, she announced Friday morning.
That’s the culmination of an eventful week for Charm City, and the latest blow it’s sustained during a tumultuous year. In 2015, the city has seen massive protests over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, in police custody. It has seen violent crime climb precipitously. And it has seen Rawlings-Blake fire her police commissioner, who was brought in just three years ago as a reformer. Just this week, the mayor announced a $6.4 million civil settlement with Gray’s family, while a judge ruled that the six officers charged in his death will be tried in Baltimore.