Katie Baker
For Immediate Release

Gansler Statement on Hogan’s Plan to Address Crime in Baltimore

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Former Attorney General Doug Gansler today issued the following statement in response to Governor Hogan’s announcement that he would deploy more state resources toward fighting violent crime in Baltimore:

“I applaud Governor Hogan’s decision to finally deploy more resources to fighting violent crime in Baltimore, but it remains baffling why the understaffed local police have been forced to monitor an interstate highway while people are literally getting shot up on the streets of Baltimore. Keeping the Baltimore City Police under the aegis of the state smacks of paternalism and has stifled the city from getting the resources it needs to fight violent crime.

“I also support the governor’s investment in clearing stale warrants and appreciate that he has seemed to recognize that we need to get guns off our streets and out of the hands of violent felons. The number one thing we can do for Baltimore is to get the bad guys with the guns.

“While some credit is due, the violent crime epidemic in Baltimore and across the state further illuminates the need for a pragmatic Democratic governor with a background in criminal justice who can work directly and effectively with mayors and local officials in addressing violent crime in our communities. It cannot be lost that today’s investment is a necessary but short-term band-aid for a systemic problem that has festered for decades in Baltimore City. Baltimore deserves the resources it needs to tap into the talents of all its people and to experience its own renaissance like other cities across the country that have become safer over the years.”

 

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