Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) said Tuesday that he wouldn’t second-guess a grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict a police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, adding that the decision “really doesn’t impact Maryland.”
Hogan was asked about the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson during a news conference in Annapolis called to announce 20 new members of Hogan’s transition team.
“It’s not my place to second-guess a grand jury decision, especially one that didn’t even taken place in our state,” said Hogan, an Anne Arundel County businessman who takes office Jan. 21. “None of us are privy to all the information that was available to those folks that served during those secret proceedings and looked at all the evidence.”
“It’s obviously an issue that’s enraged some folks on one side of the aisle,” Hogan said. “It’s a controversial decision, but I think we have a criminal justice system, we’re a nation of laws. The grand jury reviewed the evidence, and they made a decision. It really doesn’t impact Maryland.”