Baker–PG’s Johnny Come Lately

It was three days after the arrests of Jack Johnson and Leslie Johnson that then-County Executive-Elect Rushern Baker finally broke his silence over the situation and spoke to not only the press but the residents of the county he was preparing to led. When he did however many observers said he actually said nothing at all. Days before taking the oath of office as the seventh executive rumors spread like wildfire about the possibility that incumbent Chief of Police Roberto Hylton would be replaced Baker nor anyone in his inner-circle had anything to say for days. Now after finally removing the chief no one has offered a public explanation as to why the change was needed. All of this leads up to the recent outbreak of violent activity in the county, six in the first six days of the new year. The sad point is that it seems to have taken media questions and days before the new executive either noticed or bothered to tell the public he was working on it.

Today Rushern Baker finally released a statement which expressed his concern about the violence but as with previous events in his short tenure on the fifth floor Mr. Baker looks to be more reactive to problems instead of proactive in solving them.

Full Statement from Executive Rushern Baker-

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVEFor Immediate Release: January 05, 2011
Contact: Angela Wright, (301) 952-4131
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Statement on Recent Homicides
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The recent spate of homicides deeply concerns me. I want the community to know that I have been in regular contact with the Chief of Police and he has assured me that he is committing all the resources within his means to solve these killings. He has been keeping me apprised of the department’s progress, and I have the utmost confidence that the Chief of Police is doing everything possible to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.  As I pledged during my campaign, public safety will remain a top priority for my administration.  I will ensure that whatever additional resources the Chief needs are made available to him.

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