Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, got into a tense exchange with former Parkland student and gun control activist David Hogg at a Harvard Policy Institute event Thursday night over Hogg’s accusation that Hogan cares more to invest in policing rather than helping minority communities.
Hogan, amid rumors he is considering a 2024 presidential candidacy, is promoting his new book “Still Standing” in which he controls his handling of Fredi Gray’s riots in 2015, framing himself as a supporter. strong police and as an ally of minority communities. In his book, Hogan positively portrays his relationship with the Black communities in Baltimore, saying that they appreciate that he has sought to stop the violence there and that he takes the time to listen to their grievances ̵1; says the former New Governor Jersey Chris Christie gave advice that he should be “insurgent” after Fredi Gray riots.
But Hogg challenged Hogan for his support for the police, saying “more than anything [gun violence] is a problem of systemic racism and historical injustice, given that the number one predictor of where gun violence occurs most in the United States is where communities were reassessed in the 1930s and 1940s. “Hogg added that Hogan killed the planned light rail” Red. Line “in Baltimore and refused to invest more money in” communities 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 bills, you have not done it?” Asked Hogg.
Hogan told Hogg that he agreed with him that more should be done about the “essential causes” of violence in the inner city, but said those same inner-city residents support the governor’s detention measures.
“But while we are working – as we have, it takes decades to change – while we are working to fix those problems we also need to stop shooting and killing and I can tell you that 90 percent of “Baltimore City and 90 percent of Baltimore African Americans supported my crime bills to crack down on violent crime,” Hogan said. “So it’s not just me who has a different opinion from you, this is everyone in Baltimore who has a different opinion from you.”
Hogan also addressed other elements of Hogg’s question about the investments the activist said he did not make in minority communities. The governor said he has invested more money in Baltimore than other Maryland governors, including “record investment in education” and money for on-the-job training. He added that his investments in police “are trying to address the immediate problem of detaining 350 people killed”.
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As Hogan detailed further actions he says were taken in Baltimore, Hogg withdrew, asking him to run the naked Red Line in the city.
“Let me finish because you had a very long question there,” Hogan replied. “On the Red Line, the former governor, who was the former mayor of Baltimore, did not build it for eight years because it never made sense. The Washington Post editorial board said it was a bondoggle that never made economic or transport. meaning. “
Hogan went on to say that he had led the creation of the “Purple Line,” a new DC Metro line under construction that connects many of the areas northeast of DC with other Metro lines.
“I did the construction of the Purple Line which is in some of our poorest communities in Prince George County, the largest minority population in the state which is one and a half times larger than the city of Baltimore alone. “So I’m not against investing in transit systems that work, it just doesn’t make sense in Baltimore,” Hogan said.
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This year has seen a strong crackdown on 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 over Floyd’s death, while three others were charged as equipment for the alleged crime.
Hogan, in his book and in a host of media appearances, has advocated for investment in policing and a tough approach to crime. But many on the left, like Hogg, say police themselves are an issue, noting African-Americans are far more likely to die at the hands of police than white people. Some have even gone so far as to advocate for police protection or the mass dismantling of police departments and replacing law enforcement with a model of public safety that would send unarmed professionals to deal with things like family disputes .
“Oneshte is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard,” Hogan said of the police defamation in an interview with Fox News last week. “If you want to go after the problems in the inner cities and the violent crime and the murders, we have to have more police … If you want to try to recruit and have more diversity, you have to invest more. If you want more training. “and better equipment and you want, you know, body cameras and you want people to have training and de-escalation, it all takes money.”