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Cooper Grills O’Malley: How Can Your Leadership Be Trusted After Baltimore Riots?

PicMonkey Collage - O'MalleyDuring the Democratic debate, Anderson Cooper asked Martin O’Malley some tough questions regarding whether his policies as the mayor of Baltimore had a correlation with the riots and unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.

Cooper brought up how prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has described his police policies as failures, to which O’Malley retorted that the unrest resulted from previous decades of discontent, and that while he didn’t make the city immune to setbacks, his policies did have a tangible reduction on violent crime.

“We’ve saved over a thousand lives in Baltimore in the last 15 years of people working together and the vast majority of them were young and poor and black,” O’Malley said. “It wasn’t easy on any day, but we saved lives and we gave our city a better future improving police and community relations.”

Cooper persisted by bringing up how many arrests and lawsuits the city has faced in recent years, and that the local government had to work to achieve settlements for many of them. O’Malley insisted in return that despite the crime spikes, his policies ultimately made the city safer.

“None of this is easy. None of us has all the answers, but together as a city, we saved a lot of lives,” O’Malley said. “It was about leadership, it was about principle and about bringing people together.”

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