State police nominee Marcus Brown fields tough questions

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 3, 2015 11:20 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf's choice to lead the Pennsylvania State Police is responding to tough questions from skeptical Republican senators who, like the troopers' union, have asked the Democratic governor to withdraw Colonel Marcus Brown as his nominee. 

Questions from Senate Law and Justice Committee members included Brown's position on gun control laws, the death penalty and his Baltimore city pension deal. 

It's a step toward determining whether Brown will serve as the full, permanent commissioner, or in an acting capacity. 

Wolf is standing by Brown, who says he's always followed the law and suggests he should be judged on his qualifications, like previous nominees.

Brown is the former number two in the Baltimore Police Department and the former Maryland State Police superintendent.

He rankled troopers with his decision to wear the uniform, despite not attending the State Police Academy in Hershey.  


Keystone Crossroads Emily Previti covered today's hearing:

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