Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died at the age of 68. The prominent Maryland politician passed away early Thursday morning from an unspecified, “long-standing” illness in Baltimore.
“Cummings, who was 68, died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he was one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, and played a key role in the House Democrats’ ongoing efforts to impeach Trump,” reports Fox News.
“I was shocked and saddened to learn the news this morning of my dear friend’s passing,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a fellow Maryland Democrat, said in a statement. “Elijah Cummings was a man of principle, patriotism, and conviction, whose loss will be deeply felt throughout the State of Maryland and our country.”
My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
“My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!” tweeted President Trump.
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BALTIMORE BACKLASH: Police Commissioner ‘Apologizes’ for ‘200 Years’ of Brutality
Baltimore’s Police Commissioner shocked local residents and the nation Thursday when he “apologized” for “200 years” of police brutality; sparking a fierce backlash from a region struggling to contain escalating gun violence.
Commissioner Darryl De Sousa addressed the crowd at a sold-out Hip Hop concert this week, asking the audience for just “20 seconds” to beg forgiveness for “all the things that the police have done.”
“I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” said De Sousa.
“Two hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights. All the way to the ’80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. All the way to the ’90s. All the way to the 2000’s when we had zero tolerance,” he added.
The President of Baltimore’s Police Union slammed the Commissioner’s comments late Thursday night, saying it was not “appropriate.”
“I’m not sure that a blanket apology covering 200 years is appropriate. Law enforcement was created to protect and serve the citizenry despite race and that is what we strive to do, daily,” the union added.
BALTIMORE MAYHEM: Mayor Urges STORES TO CLOSE to Avoid Bloodshed
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh took to the streets this week to speak with local business owners after a recent spike in murders; strangely suggesting grocery stores and other shops close early to avoid more bloodshed.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Pugh was strolling through West Baltimore when she stopped by a local convenience store to speak with employees; sitting behind bullet-proof plexiglass for their own safety.
“What time do you-all close?” asked the mayor.
““11:30,” said one employee.
“Isn’t that late?” she asked. “That’s a little late. It keeps the crowds around here. Nine o’clock is nice. We need you-all to close at 9 o’clock at night.”
Pugh found herself in hot water in April with murder rates on the rise after months of her Violence Reduction Initiative; a new strategy aimed at minimizing violent crime in one of nation’s most dangerous cities.
“We’re on top of it,” said the Democratic mayor. “We understand the intelligence. We know about the various gangs that are at war right now.