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Mayor Brandon Scott, State's Attorney Ivan Bates address recent rift

(Baltimore, MD) -- A public rift between Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and City State's Attorney Ivan Bates appears to be resolved.

The two recently exchanged words regarding their crime-fighting philosophies, with Bates endorsing Sheila Dixon who is challenging Scott in the mayor's race.

Scott, meanwhile accused Bates of playing politics.

Last night, the mayor and Bates released a joint statement saying they had a very frank and productive conversation about the city's public safety priorities and the future of their work together.

They say recent disagreements arose from miscommunications and misstatements that can be addressed through regular meetings which will begin next month.

Scott and Bates say the discussion has allowed them to lay a foundation for a more effective partnership, moving forward.

24/7 News Source contributed to this article.