Mayor stands behind public safety leaders

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she remains confident in the city’s feuding public safety leaders.

The city has endured several violent weekends this summer, as well as a political spat between the police commissioner and state’s attorney.

Rawlings-Blake says Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld has her confidence and that State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy has been “a good partner.” The mayor notes that homicides and shootings continue to decline.

Rawlings-Blake says she won’t be endorsing a candidate for state’s attorney. Jessamy is facing a challenge from defense attorney Gregg Bernstein. While Bealefeld isn’t taking an official position on the race, he revealed this month that he’ll be voting for Bernstein, exposing a rift between him and Jessamy.