John King Responds to Governor Hogan’s “Re-Fund the Police” Announcement
10/15/2021 | John B. King
SILVER SPRING, MD — Today Governor Larry Hogan announced $150 million in new funding for Maryland police departments. John King, Democratic candidate for Governor of Maryland issued the following statement in response:
“Governor Hogan is shouting ‘Blue Lives Matter’ through a $150 million taxpayer-funded megaphone while playing dog whistle politics and scapegoating Baltimore — a divisive approach that will not make us safer.
“We have to build on the policing reforms passed by the state legislature and reimagine public safety. We should support mental health services and addiction treatment, build restorative justice programs that break cycles of incarceration, help returning citizens find housing and jobs, and invest in violence prevention groups like Safe Streets Baltimore.”