- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 3, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Sunday accused the federal government of abandoning American cities and creating the conditions for poverty, unrest and violence.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. O’Malley, a former Baltimore mayor and likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, said Washington has failed to make the proper investments in urban areas.

“There are people in whole parts of our cities who are being totally left behind and disregarded. They are unheard, they are told they are unneeded by this economy. And that extreme poverty breeds conditions for extreme violence,” he said. “We have left cities to fend for themselves.”

Mr. O’Malley’s comments come just days after riots gripped the city following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was fatally injured in police custody. Six Baltimore police officers have been charged with felonies in connection with Gray’s death.

While that incident once again has spotlighted law enforcement’s relationship with minority communities, Mr. O’Malley said there are deeper problems that must be addressed.

“The structural problems we have in our economy, the way we ship jobs and profits abroad, the way we fail to invest in our infrastructure and fail to invest in American cities — we are creating the conditions,” he said.

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