Sign Deemed “Inappropriate” Barred From Mayor’s Vigil, Say Friends Of Slain Musician

12/31/17

His grief still fresh after the fatal shooting of his friend, musician Jim Forrester, Jerrod Sydnor went to Mayor Catherine Pugh’s candlelight vigil Thursday – an event for those “impacted by violence in Baltimore City.”

Participants had been encouraged to bring signs “with one word of hope and inspiration.” Most used the pre-printed placards the city handed out at the door with messages like EMBRACE, MIRACLE and IMPROVE.

But Sydnor, one of a handful who brought their own signs, was shocked when a person he assumed to be plainclothes security came up to him at start of the event in the War Memorial Building and said his sign was “inappropriate.”

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