Baltimore Mayor Vetoes Renaming Christopher Columbus Obelisk

Nov 17, 2020 213

Baltimore's mayor has vetoed a bill that would have rededicated a Christopher Columbus monument to victims of police violence, sharing concerns with the city's police commissioner that the two-story-tall obelisk is too close to a separate monument honoring fallen officers.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, a Democrat, expressed reservations about the bill in a letter to City Council President Brandon Scott dated Monday, The Baltimore Sun reported. Scott is also a Democrat, as are all council members. The newspaper said that Young and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison were worried the monument that was set to be renamed was too close to another memorial honoring officers who died in the line of duty.

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