This weekend’s Mondawmin Festival was supposed to be a fun-filled celebration at the very spot where Baltimore’s recent riots were set off. Instead, it was marked by a festival-goer dumping a cup of water over Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Lacheisa Pailin-Sheffer ran up to the mayor and poured the liquid in question. “I hope it was water,” Rawlings-Blake said shortly afterward. Pailin-Sheffer, 37, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.
There’s a long and proud tradition of civilians attempting to humiliate or shame public figures, often politicians, by assaulting them with food in a public place. (Pie is generally the vehicle of choice.)
The water did not deter Rawlings-Blake from attending the rest of the festival, which was also intended to help increase traffic at the struggling mall.
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