Our Say: Anne Arundel should ban police holds like the one that killed George Floyd. Today.

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare was among the first law enforcement leaders to condemn the use of a knee-to-the-neck hold that resulted in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It was a noble thing to do. It strains credulity now, then, to believe that Altomare did not know that one of his officers used the same type of hold after a specious traffic stop in February 2019. (Cap Gazette)

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2020 is shattering gun violence records. We must act.

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the United States, another epidemic is surging: gun violence. Most other types of crime fell during the initial phases of the pandemic, but gun violence increased and mass shootings in particular continue to spiral out of control. There are a lot of crises tugging at the public’s attention, but we cannot let this go unresolved. Often when people discuss mass shootings, they focus on the number of people killed, but that overlooks the massive public health and economic toll that nonfatal shootings have on this country. (Wash Post)

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Rodricks: Federal cops in camo - This is what Republican urban policy looks like under Trump

The Trump administration’s decision to send militarized federal police to Portland, Oregon — and to threaten to do the same in other cities, including Baltimore — represents, in its fascist perversity, the first bold display of urban policy by a Republican president in 50 years. The previous was Ronald Reagan’s war on drugs. Indeed, there’s not much besides the bellicose on the Republican ledger when it comes to cities, and little of long-term good. (Balt Sun)

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: Hogan is no hero

Across America, communities are awakening to the revelation that the lives of Black men, women and children matter. It is a hard-earned understanding that the structures of systemic racism that diminish humans based on the color of their skin must be eradicated. To paraphrase Angela Davis: The public is no longer accepting the things they cannot change; they will change the things that they cannot accept. However, to understand how hard this transformation will be, one needs to look no further than Maryland. (Balt Sun)

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Hills: Would jury trials via video work?

The U.S. Constitution gives those accused of a crime the right to a jury trial. The Constitution does not include any express disease-related limitation on that right, so it presumably applies even during a pandemic. But because of the pandemic, jury trials have been shut down nationwide for about the last three months. The vast majority of other court hearings that are occurring happen remotely over Zoom or similar videoconferencing tools. This has led some to propose that jury trials be conducted remotely over Zoom as well. While this idea is certainly worth discussing, this solution is anything but easy and problem free. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Does it matter if a Republican from Annapolis changes his mind on Donald Trump? Plenty.

Why does one Republican from Annapolis deciding he won’t vote again for Donald Trump matter? The internet, times 100. James Naylor’s discussion of why he’ll abandon the president he voted for in 2016 became something of an Internet sensation earlier this month. It is part of a $10 million media campaign by Republican Voters Against Trump that shares 100 stories from voters like Naylor who have been turned off by the last four years. (Cap Gazette0

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Hogan: Governors like me rely on experts for COVID facts. Dr. Fauci has never let me down.

When America’s top public health experts, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, are sidelined or undermined for political purposes, that’s not just a problem for the public, which desperately needs credible information and voices. It’s a problem for America’s governors as we work with our federal partners out of the public view. In this crisis, again and again, we’ve turned to these experts like Dr. Fauci for the hard facts and to be voices of reason within the sprawling federal bureaucracy. (USA Today)

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Editorial: Under political cover from polls and a pandemic, Republicans finally break ranks with Trump

Through his viral video, posted as part of a Republican Voters Against Trump campaign, Mr. Naylor joins a growing chorus of Republicans, including Maryland’s governor, beginning to break ranks with the more dangerous aspects of the Trump administration now that the polls and the pandemic have given them political cover. But their relative silence for the past four years has come with a cost to both the health of the nation and the party. The question now is whether they’ll be able to contain the damage to the country and themselves. (Balt Sun)

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