WILL STENY DEFUND HIS ARMED SECURITY DETAIL OF CAPITOL POLICE? Or does he just favor cutting your protection?
UPDATE: THIS MESSAGE WAS RELEASED BY
REP. STENY HOYER ON APRIL 16, 2021:
HOYER APPLAUDS ANTI-POLICE MARYLAND ACTIONS
Reforming Police Departments and Increasing Transparency in Maryland
A MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN HOYER
This session the Maryland General Assembly passed a package of legislation to reform the culture of police departments and increase transparency between law enforcement and the citizens they serve. For too long, systemic racism and injustice has claimed the lives of countless African Americans. This sweeping package of reform measures is an important step toward putting an end to this discrimination.
I applaud the bipartisan efforts of state lawmakers to approve this critical package and ensure the safety of residents.
Among other things, this law will work to:
- Replace the Maryland Officer’s Bill of Rights with a civilian-driven process for police misconduct,
- Provide greater support for victim’s rights and stronger investigation standards on wrongful policing,
- Help root out bad actors in police departments and implement stronger measures to hold police officers accountable,
- Mandate body cameras and implement stricter requirements on no-knock warrants,
- Prohibit the purchase of military-grade equipment from the federal government,
- Allow greater transparency of public records, and
- Implement implicit bias training
Every Marylander should have full confidence in law enforcement officers and feel safe in their communities. This package of bills takes critical steps toward repairing the relationship between law enforcement and citizens. Last year, our nation faced a moment of racial reckoning after the horrific killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and more recently over two separate incidents in Minnesota and Virginia. More must be done to prevent killings and incidents of police bias and brutality like these from happening again.
With the implementation of these bills, I am hopeful that Maryland sets a higher standard of policing in our country, one where bad actors are caught, fellowship is built between community and law enforcement, and upholding justice is a top priority.
Sincerely Yours, Steny H. Hoyer
STENY HOYER REPENTS FOR SENDING THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS TO PRISON IN MASS INCARCERATION FUNDED BY HIS LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS
NEWS AND COMMENTARY
By Kenneth C. Rossignol
THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY
WASHINGTON, D. C. – Looters all over America pillage, rob and burn small businesses and large box stores and your Congressman Steny Hoyer believes the solution is to engage in enacting new police reforms. However, Hoyer has not always held this view.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D. Md.5th), a resident of Mechanicsville, Md., has been serving in Congress since 1982 and now believes that you, your family, and your neighbors have been engaging in systemic racism. As your representative in Congress, he has facilitated, guided and funded that racism. Now he has had a change of heart.
Shame on you, all, as Congressman Hoyer, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives is a serious and intelligent man and if he says you are all racists and responsible for the violence committed by thugs and criminals, it must be so.
Congressman Hoyer has never before come clean about these startling new revelations and clearly has been holding back, participating the in building the system that he has helped lead for decades, alongside sixteen years of Democratic Party Administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Thank God Almighty that Rep. Hoyer has now been honest enough to admit the system and government he has helped lead finally needs to be just and fair for all. At the age of eighty, Hoyer is finally lining up to redeem his soul as he approaches his final years and Judgement Day and can claim his place among the Saints and repent for his sinful and discriminatory ways against minorities.
All these years, as Steny Hoyer has hobnobbed with Presidents and Queens, he never once admitted he was part and parcel of such systemic racism, acted against the best wishes of so many African American men and women, supported strict laws which heavily penalized drug distribution and increased penalties for three-time offenders.
Now, after supporting, voting for and passing legislation to put an extra 100,000 Cops on the streets of America to lock up miscreants, creating High Intensity Drug Zones for enforcement on minorities in Prince Georges County, Waldorf and Lexington Park; and Hot Spots to provide for even more high-powered weapons, electronic surveillance and police officers to capture minorities engaged in drug use and distribution in Great Mills, Lexington Park, Prince Frederick, Charlotte Hall, Lusby, St. Charles, Brandywine, Bowie, Crofton, Clinton, Fort Washington, Temple Hills, Morningside, Hyattsville and Upper Marlboro – all of which resulted in the mass incarceration of thousands of African Americans in Maryland and Federal Prisons – Hoyer has now gotten that old time religion.
HOYER STRONG SUPPORTER OF LAW OFFICERS
AND BOOSTING FUNDING FOR
50,000 ADDITIONAL COPS ON STREETS
On May 17, 2007, in ST. MARY’S TODAY, Rep. Hoyer, a regular columnist for the newspaper, wrote the following:
Last week, our nation commemorated National Police Week as well as the 26th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, to honor the memory of our nation’s officers who have fallen in the line of duty and to thank those who carry on their legacy, serving as protectors in communities across this nation.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron, La Plata Chief of Police Carl Schinner, Senator Chris Van Hollen, College of Southern Maryland President Maureen Murphy, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry and Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans
Specifically, the legislation calls for adding 50,000 additional police officers on the streets over the next six years and authorizes an increase in the competitive grant funding available for hiring and technology upgrades.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House recognized the enormous contributions of all those tasked with keeping the peace and protecting the American people by passing the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Improvements Act of 2007. This bill calls for reinvigorating the enormously successful COPS program, which provides critical resources to local law enforcement agencies in order to better protect our communities and combat crime.
Specifically, the legislation calls for adding 50,000 additional police officers on the streets over the next six years and authorizes an increase in the competitive grant funding available for hiring and technology upgrades. Regarding counterterrorism, the bill explicitly authorizes that COPS hiring grants can be used to hire and train officers to perform “intelligence, anti-terror, or homeland security duties.”
In communities across our nation, COPS has been a saving grace, providing critically needed resources for law enforcement efforts, including crime prevention. Created in 1994 to increase police presence on the streets, the COPS program has helped local law enforcement agencies to hire 117,000 additional police officers and/or sheriff deputies nationwide, including 908 additional officers in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District.
This program has made a measurable difference throughout the country and here in Southern Maryland. Under COPS, 18 local and state law enforcement agencies in the 5th District have directly benefited from grant funding. In all, the 5th District has received almost $60 million in COPS grants, including more than $18 million awarded for crime-fighting technologies, such as laptop computers for patrol cars, crime mapping software, and interoperable communications equipment.
Since the establishment of the COPS hiring grant program, the nation has experienced a significant drop in the crime rate – a trend that several independent studies have linked to the increased police presence enabled by the program. A large part of COPS’ success is the nation’s commitment to community-oriented policing, particularly the program’s hiring component which helped get more officers on the beat. This approach was validated by a study by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, which stated, “COPS-funded increases in sworn officers per capita were associated with declines in rates of total index crimes, violent crimes, and property crime.” According to a GAO study, between 1998 and 2000, COPS grants were responsible for reducing crimes by about 200,000 to 225,000 crimes – one third of which were violent.
Police officers from throughout the 5th District have testified to how critical COPS is to enable them to effectively combat crime in their communities. Unfortunately, over the last few years, the Republican-led Congress sharply reduced the funding for COPS grants, and in 2006, Congress completely eliminated the hiring grants altogether. It should be noted that at the same time COPS was being reduced, crime rates began to rise again. In March of 2006, the Police Executive Research Forum released a report that found that violent crimes had risen by double-digit percentages over the previous two years.
“There is no doubt that COPS has made a significant difference in communities across the country.”House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
Among the cities surveyed, since 2005, 71 percent had an increase in homicides, 80 percent saw robberies rise, and 67 percent reported an increase in aggravated assaults with guns. The Fraternal Order of Police has stated, “Just as the decrease in crime was directly related to an increased focus on hiring law enforcement officers at the state and local level, the more recent increase in certain crimes can be directly related to the loss of federal funds supporting state and local law enforcement.”
There is no doubt that COPS has made a significant difference in communities across the country. The federal government is a committed partner in protecting Americans not only from the threat posed by international terrorism but also from the dangers posed by domestic crime. This critical legislation is key to equipping law enforcement with the resources they need to combat crime and keep our communities safe. What better way to pay homage to our law enforcement community than by enabling it to more effectively protect our communities and keep our streets free from crime.
President Bill Clinton & House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer passed COPS that put 117,000 more law officers to work locking up criminals
Black Lives Matter
A MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER
(June 4, 2020) – Our nation is experiencing great pain and frustration. The murder of George Floyd and countless other African American men and women is a travesty and lays bare the systemic racism and violence that continues to plague our country. Black lives matter, and the killing must stop. I stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Americans peacefully protesting, who are fighting for civil rights by speaking out for justice and equality for all.
…the urgent need for police reform.
Yesterday, I joined Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and community leaders to discuss the urgent need for police reform. You can watch our conversation in the video below.
The charges filed against the four officers involved in the murder of George Floyd is a step toward justice, but we must also take action as a country to create real change. I will work with the Congressional Black Caucus to bring to the House Floor legislation to strengthen accountability and address the racial injustice and inequality that confronts us.
As always, I encourage all Fifth District residents to continue to share their concerns and insights with me by contacting my office or connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Steny H. Hoyer