Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley spoke to the Utah Democratic party at a gala event Saturday night and, according to his own Twitter feed, delivered a message of resistance, defiance and divisiveness.
Now is not the time for reconciliation. Dietrich Bonhoeffer didn’t reconcile with the Nazis. MLK didn’t reconcile with the KKK. Now we fight pic.twitter.com/BoQNl0on1N— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) January 15, 2017
O’Malley, who earned less than one percent support in the 2016 Democratic Iowa caucuses, likened the political fight against the Republican party and the Trump administration to those against the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. The Democratic governor’s comments come the same week that his policies as mayor of Baltimore were sharply rebuked by his own party’s leaders and the Obama Justice Department.
ABC News reported on the consent decree agreed upon by the city of Baltimore and Attorney General Loretta Lynch:
The court-enforceable, independently monitored consent decree was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and will be reviewed by a judge. Under the consent decree, if approved by the judge, the city of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department will implement comprehensive reforms, including how its officers conduct stops and interact with people in the city.
The consent decree calls for the city, within 90 days of the effective date of the agreement, to establish a Community Oversight Task Force to recommend reforms to the current system of civilian oversight.
“The future of Baltimore belongs to the people of this great city,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at the news conference. “Through this agreement, we are moving forward together to work to heal tension and the relationship between BPD and the community.”
The agreement came months after findings of a comprehensive review of policing practices in Baltimore that were implemented when O’Malley was mayor, via the Baltimore Sun:
O’Malley, a Democrat who served as Baltimore’s mayor from the end of 1999 to early 2007, has long faced criticism for embracing so-called zero-tolerance policing in the city. In the report unveiled Wednesday, Justice Department investigators document those concerns in sharp relief — and find the controversial approach was never fully abandoned.
The attention on the report has put O’Malley in the position of defending a 16-year-old strategy just as he was starting to climb back into the spotlight after finishing a distant third in the Iowa Democratic caucus and dropping out of the presidential race.
It has also put O’Malley at odds with the politics of the moment, in which a great majority of Democrats and many Republicans are worried about high levels of incarceration caused in part by arrests for low-level drug crimes.
Black Lives Matter activists regularly protested at O’Malley campaign events last year with vehement criticism of his policing policies while mayor of Baltimore.
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