Maryland Government Larry Hogan, a Republican, managed to exchange tension with former Parkland student and gun control activist David Hogg at a Harvard Policy Institute event on Thursday night on Hogg’s accusation that Hogan cares more about investing in policing than helping minority communities.
Hogan, among the rumors he is considering led by the 2024 Presidency, is promoting his new book “Still Standing” in which he shows his handling of the Freddie Gray riots in 2015, framed himself as a strong supporter of the police and as an ally of minority communities. . In his book, Hogan portrays his relationship with the Black communities in Baltimore in a positive way, saying he appreciates that he sought to stop the violence there and to take the time to listen to their complaints. Former New Jersey government official Chris Christie advised him that he needed to be a “chief adviser”; in the wake of the Freddie Gray riots.
But Hogg challenged Hogan about his support for police, saying “more than anything [gun violence] is a problem of systemic racism and historical injustice, given that the number one prediction of where gun violence occurs in the United States is where communities were reshaped in the 1930s and -40 “. Hogg added that Hogan killed the planned light rail” Red Line “in Baltimore and refused to invest other money in” communities that are most affected by gun violence. “
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“You seem very willing to invest in the police and give them hundreds of millions of dollars, but when it comes to investing in these communities with these accounts, haven’t they?” Hogg asked.
Hogan told Hogg that he agrees that more needs to be done on “root causes” of violence in the inner city, but said those same inner city residents support measures to stop crime. of the governor.
“But while we’re working – as we have, it takes decades to change – while we’re working to solve those problems we also need to stop shooting and killing and I can tell you that 90 per cent of Baltimore City residents and 90 percent of Baltimore City African Americans have supported my crime bills to remedy violent crime, “said Hogan.” So it’s not just that I have a different opinion from you, this is in Baltimore that everyone has a different opinion than you. “
Hogan also addressed the other elements of Hogg’s question about the investments the activist said he did not make in minority communities. The governor said he invested more money in Baltimore than other Maryland governors, including “record investments in education” and money for job training. He stepped up his investments in policing that are “trying to address the immediate problem of stopping the 350 people killed.”
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Hogan detailed further action by saying he was taken to Baltimore, Hogg pushed back, and asked him to address the scrapped Red Line in the city.
“Let me finish, because I had a long question there,” Hogan replied. “On the Red Line, the former governor, who was the former mayor of Baltimore, didn’t build it for eight years because it never made sense. The Washington Post’s editorial board said it was an attack that never made no economy or transport. sense. “
Hogan went on to lead the creation of the “Purple Line,” a new Metro DC line under construction that connects many areas in northeast DC with other Metro lines.
“I built the Purple Line located in some of our poorest communities in Prince Geroge County, our largest minority population in the state which is one and a half times larger than the city of Baltimore just outside Washington “So I’m not opposed to investing in working transit systems, it’s just that it doesn’t make sense in Baltimore,” Hogan said.
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This year we have seen an uptick in gun violence in many cities, along with a number of protests against racial injustice and police brutality following the death of George Floyd while in custody. of the Minneapolis Police Department. One officer was charged with second-degree murder after Floyd’s death, while three others were charged as accessories to the alleged crime.
Hogan, in his book and in a number of media appearances, has advocated for investments in policing and a tough approach to crime. But many on the left, like Hogg, say the police themselves is the issue, while noting that African-Americans are much more likely to die at the hands of police than white people. Some have even gone so far as to favor police exit or wholesale dismantling of police departments and replace law enforcement with a public security model that sends unarmed professionals to deal with things like disputes. domestic.
“It’s one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard,” Hogan said of defunding police in an interview with Fox News last week. “If you want to go after the problems in inner cities and violent crime and homicides, we’ve got to have more police … If you want to try to recruit and have more diversity, you have to invest more. If you want training better and better equipment and you want, you know, body cams and you want people to have training and car removal, everything that takes money. “