Katie Baker
For Immediate Release

Gansler Praises Biden’s Commitment to Funding Police

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Former Attorney General Doug Gansler today commended President Biden’s reported $32 billion commitment to fighting crime and funding police:

“Crime is exploding across our state and country, and we need to make Maryland safe,” said Gansler. “We must take a balanced approach to safety and justice that includes both funding the police and addressing the root causes of crime. In the short term, if we want to solve murders and stop carjackings, we need more resources and more beat cops building relationships with our communities.”

Gansler added, “Across Maryland, we are seeing a police shortage that is nothing short of a crisis. We need more police, but we also need better-paid and better-trained police. Our law enforcement officers must prioritize stopping and solving violent crime, and they must be trained in de-escalation tactics so that we do not lose any more young Black men to unjustified police shootings. We must also make sure that a good chunk of the federal funding is dedicated to solving violent crime. In Baltimore, you have a better chance of getting away with murder than you do of going to jail if you kill someone. That is unacceptable and will change if I am elected governor.”

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