Late tonight, Mayor Brandon Scott’s spokesman announced that he will not be going to England after all to attend the premiere of a documentary about his efforts to stem gun violence in Baltimore.
“The mayor’s schedule has actually changed and he will no longer be attending the international premiere of the documentary ‘The Body Politic,’” spokesman Bryan Doherty emailed The Brew.
“With the City Council passing the budget today and a number of other pressing priorities, he will be remaining in Baltimore,” Doherty said in a 11:30 p.m. statement that continued:
“The trip was originally planned and paid for by the production company who made the documentary. The trip was submitted for review on May 23rd and, as you already know, is still likely to appear on the docket at the next Board of Estimates meeting on June 21st.”
Scott relayed the following message to the organizers and attendees of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival:
“While I send my best to those at the Sheffield Doc Fest and send my regrets that I’m not able to appear as scheduled, I’m thrilled that this documentary and the powerful story about Baltimore it tells is making its way across the world.”
He added, “I’m incredibly excited to share the film right here at home once it makes its premiere.”
The North American premier of “The Body Politic” is scheduled for this Sunday (June 18) at the DC/DOX Festival in Washington.