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Hogan: 'I haven't seen' DOJ report on civil rights violations by Baltimore police

Gov. Larry Hogan addresses the National Urban League luncheon.
Gov. Larry Hogan addresses the National Urban League luncheon. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday declined to comment on the substance of a scathing Justice Department report that alleged systemic civil rights violations by the Baltimore Police Department, telling reporters "I haven't seen the report."

"I haven't yet had a chance to read through the DOJ report," Hogan said Wednesday afternoon. "But we're going to be looking very closely at that."

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While federal investigators were revealing in Baltimore Wednesday morning that their long-anticipated review found police unconstitutionally stopped, searched and arrested African-Americans in the state's largest city, Hogan visited a clothing boutique and boot shop in Frederick to promote a tax-free shopping week.

The governor spent the afternoon touring recovery efforts in Ellicott City, where a flash flood killed two people and ravaged Main Street 10 days ago.

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Afterward, when asked to what extent the state would be willing to help pay for police department reforms that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake estimated to cost as much as $10 million a year, Hogan said, "I haven't heard what the mayor has to say. I don't know how good her math is."

The governor said he would look at whether the state could assist the city in the future, and expressed confidence in Police Commissioner Kevin Davis' ability to implement reforms.

"The new police commissioner, I think, is doing an incredible job," Hogan said. "We're very happy with him and have a great working relationship. I believe they've already implemented like 26 of the changes that were potentially recommended in this report. I haven't seen the report, that's just what I heard.

"And I'm looking forward to the new leadership in Baltimore. We have a new mayor coming in, a whole new administration. Hopefully they'll take some of these issues seriously."

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