Republican Governor Condemns Trump’s Calls For Violence
The Baltimore Sun reports that when Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) was asked about the Minneapolis riots and Trump’s Tweets in connection during an appearance on NBC’s TODAY show, Hogan answered, “inciting violence with Twitter is not the way” to restore law and order.
I don’t think it’s helpful. I just mentioned lowering the temperature, trying to stop the violence and to bring about calm and restore law and order. Inflammatory rhetoric, I just don’t think is helpful on either side. I do believe you’ve got to have law and order, that you’ve got to stop the burning and looting, but inciting violence with Twitter is not the way to go about it.
- The Hill reports, “Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died earlier this week while in police custody. A video shot by a bystander shows an officer had his knee on Floyd's neck while Floyd says he can't breathe.”
- After his death, demonstrations in Minneapolis took place, and these developed into riots with arson.
- Hogan was also governor of Maryland in 2015 when arson and rioting developed in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death. The Sun explains that Gray “was fatally wounded in police custody after being arrested on a minor charge.”
- Hogan said that in order to restore calm in Minneapolis, political leaders will need to act decisively. He remembered that in 2015 he “immediately went to the city of Baltimore” and “spent an entire week talking with people and walking the streets.”
Meanwhile, the officers involved in Floyd’s death have been fired, and one — the officer who placed his knee on Floyd's neck — has been arrested.
- Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, a prosecutor on the case, told reporters that he would not “rush to justice” and wanted time to “do this right.” He referenced Gray’s case, in which the six officers involved were acquitted with their charges dropped.
- Freeman added, “my job in the end is to prove that he violated a criminal statute, and there's other evidence that does not support a criminal charge.”
- Hogan firmly disagreed. He told TODAY, “I don’t think it’s a fair comparison. The evidence here seems overwhelming and clear to me. You have a video of exactly what happened.”
- However, in a CNN interview on Thursday Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D-MD), mayor of Baltimore in 2015, asked for the public to more patience. “It’s very important to get it right… When you are dealing with charges against a police officer, we have seen historically the bar is so high on findings of guilt.”
- Ultimately, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested in relation to Floyd's death on Friday.