Gov. Hogan announces $45M in initiatives to address crime
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — “On Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan announced $45 million of investments into major violent crime initiatives, but his push to re-fund the police, hasn’t been met without criticism.
Hogan proposed $3.5 million to fund new positions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and another $6.5 million to expand the Baltimore Police Department’s Warrant Apprehension Task Force. ”
“While Hogan says investments into public safety is how to address violent crimes, others such as Zakyia Sankara-Jabar, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Racial Justice Now! argues that more policing doesn’t mean more safety, especially to black and brown people.
“Black people are occupied by the police, we’re seen as the object of fear by certain people, and and the police is oftentimes weaponized against our communities,” said Sankara-Jabar.
Supporters of defunding the police like Sankara-Jabar, believe reinvesting into the community and education is a better way to combat crime.
“We want to have people be able to take care of themselves, not commit crimes. of poverty,” said Sankara-Jabar. “A lot of things that we see happening in the community is as a direct result of poverty.”
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