It wasn't St. Patrick's Day, but she went home vowing never to return to a downtown hotel, likening the experience to watching an episode of the reality TV show "COPS." The incident she described barely registered for police, who said they encouraged the group to disperse.
Rawlings-Blake conceded a disconnect between what officers might view as "handled" and what bystanders might see as a frightening mob.
"I don't think it helps anybody for the Police Department to be hysterical," the mayor said. "They need to be strategic. They need to be responsive. They need to be agile. And I think that's what you saw. No one wants unruly teams of people, whether they're black, white, young, old. We want to have a harbor that continues to be an asset for residents and visitors alike."