The fate of my family has been tied to the future of Baltimore from before I was born.  But the Baltimore my parents once imagined for me is today a city in crisis.  We have lost more lives to murder in Baltimore in the past ten years than we have lost soldiers to war in Afghanistan since 9/11.  And the trust that is supposed to bind us together has been broken.

We cannot become the Baltimore we are destined to be unless we solve the problem of crime.  And the State’s Attorney has to lead the charge, not stand in the way.  We know policies of mass incarceration and zero tolerance have made things worse, not better.  On my watch, we’re going to bring record breaking homicide rates to record lows, and we’re going to do it at record speed.  At the same time, we’re going to forge the most innovative, transparent, progressive prosecutor’s office in the history of the country.  For too long, too many have said those ambitions are incompatible.  I have come to believe exactly the opposite, that without one we cannot achieve the other.  And our city, our citizens, deserve both.

Because before I took an oath as a prosecutor, I made a pledge as a little boy.  I took it every day from my first day at Edmondson Heights to my last day at Woodlawn High.  I pledged allegiance to a flag, to a people united, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  Not justice for some, justice for all.  Because everyone has a right to be safe, on every street, in every neighborhood, at every hour.

So, if you think enough is enough—that this has to end, and it has to end now—then this isn’t just my campaign, it’s your campaign too.  Come join us.

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