Pledging to emulate the "zero-tolerance" tactics of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (those tactics that made New York City livable again) O'Malley found himself squarely targeted by a black community more interested in police leaders who are "sensitive to racial issues"... meaning one who will never blame black individuals for the dysfunction they cause and the deleterious effects of collective black crime on the overall health of the community.
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O'Malley appointed a black man as police commissioner (Ronald Daniel -- who current Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's father, Howard Rawlings, called a "proud black man"), but he would resign over his refusal to support the "zero-tolerance" plan... after all, such a plan would mean targeting black people, the very population for virtually every crime in Baltimore.
More than 15 years ago, the second-class status for white people still living in Baltimore was revealed in a quote from the Baltimore Sun, detailing the egg-shells white cops had to walk on when dealing with the black community. [Mayor steers a path through his first crisis: O'Malley receives applause in handling Daniel's resignation, Baltimore Sun, 4-9-2000]: