Wallace to Dem Rep: 'Have Liberal Policies Failed Baltimore?'
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) joined Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" to weigh in on the situation in Baltimore.
Edwards applauded the city state's attorney Marilyn Mosby's decision to charge the six Baltimore police officers allegedly involved in Freddie Gray's death.
"I think that she did an amazing job in laying out the reasons for a probable cause finding," Edwards said. "This is the beginning of the process, not the end of it."
Edwards said that there’s an "over-policing" going on, not just in Baltimore but across the country.
What does "over-policing" mean? Wallace asked.
"If you have communities where the only face of government that they see is law enforcement – it’s not investment in their schools, it’s not investment in their communities and economic development – it’s law enforcement. And that’s not the fault of police, that’s the fault of policy makers who are making decisions about where our priorities are," Edwards said.
Wallace pointed out that the violent crime rate in Baltimore is four times higher than the national average, unemployment in Freddie Gray's neighborhood is at 21 percent and 72 percent of eighth graders score below proficient in math.
"Is it unfair to say that the liberal policies have failed the city of Baltimore?" Wallace asked.
Edwards disagreed and said that they are investing in other areas of the community, such as small businesses, education system and job training.
Edwards also called on black mothers to have "the talk" with their sons about how to interact with law enforcement.
Edwards explained that she told her son if he has an interaction with law enforcement, then make sure it is respectful.
"Make sure that, you know, you don’t put your hands anyplace that law enforcement officers can’t see, that you don’t make any sudden movements," Edwards said.
"I don’t want to have that conversation with my son, I didn’t – but starting at about middle school, I did, because the most important thing for me is that he’s safe."
Watch more from the exclusive "Fox News Sunday" interview above.
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