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88 Percent of Black Maryland Voters Support Governor's Plan to 'Re-Fund the Police'

An 88 percent majority of black Maryland voters support Governor Larry Hogan’s “re-fund the police” effort.

Hogan is a Republican, though President Joe Biden won the state by 33 points.

The governor recently announced that he intends to invest an additional $150 million into local and state police.

“Thinking that you can improve law enforcement by defunding the police is like saying that you want to improve education by defunding the schools,” Hogan said, according to a report from CBS 13 Baltimore. “It’s absurd and ridiculous.”

“To reverse the tide of rising crime, we need to stop demonizing and sabotaging the dedicated men and women who risk their lives every single day to keep the rest of us safe. Enough is enough. We cannot defund the police. We need to re-fund the police. Instead of less funding, we need more investment in public safety,” Hogan said of the initiative.

According to internal polling from a group aligned with Hogan, which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, 64 percent of likely black voters in the state “strongly support” the governor’s proposal to “provide greatly increased funding to state and local police agencies,” while 24 percent “somewhat support” the policy.

The initiative appears to be popular across the board — with 89 percent of white voters supporting the effort, as well as 74 percent of Hispanic voters.

Democrat politicians in the state have slammed the plan. State House Speaker Adrienne Jones claimed that Hogan is attempting to “politicize” public safety.

Hogan, however, specifically pointed to Baltimore, saying that it is the “poster child for the basic failure to stop lawlessness.”

“They’re on pace to surpass 300 homicides again this year,” he said. “The Baltimore Police Department is short-staffed by more than 300 officers. The city of Baltimore is a poster child for the basic failure to stop lawlessness. There’s a prosecutor who refuses to prosecute crime. And there’s a revolving door of repeat offenders who are being let right back onto the streets to shoot people again and again.”

“Our $150 million ‘re-fund the police’ initiative will provide a desperately needed shot in the arm to our state and local police agencies and their critical efforts to stop crime,” Hogan said.

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6 responses to “88 Percent of Black Maryland Voters Support Governor’s Plan to ‘Re-Fund the Police’”

  1. NeverMetTheGuy says:

    Meanwhile they’re putting about seventeen speed cameras on the JFX in the next year or two… Glad that Larry is doing the right thing, but holy shit Brandon Scott is a retard.

    Let’s go Brandon… Scott.

  2. MassSkeptic says:

    Where’s my shocked face?

  3. Mattical1980 says:

    I live in MD, and unfortunately we have some of the strictest gun laws in the country. We also have an overwhelming majority of Democrats in all forms of state government, and have for the past 60 years. The only reason we have Hogan now is because O’Malley literally raised every tax and fee he could in the past for the previous 8 years. We also statistically have the most gerrymandered state in the country, hence why we stay a blue state regardless of who is Governor.

  4. SugeArgos says:

    I live in Maryland and fully support this. I am friends with a few city police officers where I live. They are stretched so thin that they can’t even respond to a lot of the crime that happens. It is disheartening to hear people say to defund the police when they provide such a valuable service to the communities that they are in.

  5. pandusa says:

    I tend to agree. I would also like “Castle stand your ground” law. Like Tim said “where do you go when someone breaks in your home”? Odd, I use to distinctly dislike guns. But that was back in the day- when we had law enforcement… and order.

  6. Viewtifuljoe says:

    If Maryland became a constitutional carry state the crime will go down and there would be no need to worry about refunding anybody.