A story that we covered around a month ago out of Baltimore has taken a strange twist. As you may recall, BLM protesters in Charm City, combined with other liberal groups, had targeted a monument to Christopher Columbus located in Heinz Park, demanding that it be renamed. Normally you see these groups tearing down statues and such if they honor insufficiently woke historical figures, but this case was different. The Columbus Obelisk isn’t a statue of the vilified explorer. In fact, it’s not a statue of anyone. As the name implies, it’s a simple obelisk that resembles a miniature version of the Washington Monument. Near its base, there is a small plaque paying tribute to Columbus. The protesters demanded that it be renamed as a tribute to people who have been killed by police officers during lethal force encounters.
This was a particularly offensive demand because the obelisk stands only a short distance from another memorial in the park. That one honors police and other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. Despite the obvious slight, the City Council took up the measure and passed it in two stages, the last one being on October 5th. It only needed the signature of the Mayor to go into effect. But in a rather surprising move, outgoing Mayor Jack Young vetoed the bill this week. His explanation for his actions was very much in line with objections that had been raised by the police. (CBS Baltimore)
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has vetoed a bill that would have renamed the city’s Columbus Obelisk Monument to memorialize victims of police violence.
In a letter to City Council President Brandon Scott, Young wrote he vetoed the bill, which would have changed the name of the monument in Heinz Park to the Victims of Police Violence Memorial, due in part to opposition to Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.
“The monument to be renamed by this ordinance is close to another memorial honoring police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” Young wrote.