2018 | News

Montgomery County Police Chief Says Arming Teachers Is ‘Dumbest Idea’; General Assembly Passes Bill on Serial Sex Offenders

News, announcements and other helpful links for Friday morning

Chief Manger criticizes idea of arming teachers at Silver Spring event

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger called the suggestion of arming teachers “the dumbest idea I’ve heard in my 40 years of being a police officer.” He was discussing school safety an event at the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring on Wednesday. He pointed out that county public schools have police officers in every school, and said the focus should be on helping students with mental health issues rather than turning schools into “armed fortresses.” [WTOP]

Bill on serial sex offenders passes Maryland Senate

The Maryland Senate passed a bill Thursday that would permit prosecutors to introduce evidence of past assaults in some trials for sex offenses. The bill is meant to help convict serial rapists and repeat sex offenders. The House already approved the bill in the same form, so it only needs Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. [Baltimore Sun]

Progressives criticize crime bill

As a crime bill backed by Gov. Larry  Hogan looks to increase maximum sentences for repeat gun-related offenses, Progressive Maryland leaders have criticized it as racially biased and suggested it would perpetuate mass incarceration of black men. Some legislators are wary about incarcerating more black men, but believe the bill is needed to combat crime, especially Baltimore’s high homicide rate. [AP]

Federal lawmakers question Hyperloop plan

Five Maryland Democrats in the House of Representatives wrote a letter to Hogan asking for answers to 15 questions about the proposed Hyperloop that would link D.C. and Baltimore. Maryland officials granted permission to Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. to dig tunnels under the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, though questions remain about oversight. [Baltimore Sun]

Showers likely today, with a possible thunderstorm

Today should be mostly cloudy, with likely showers and possibly a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should hit the high 60s this morning, then fall to the mid-50s for the rest of the day. Tonight should be clear with a low around 35 mph and some winds.

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