The governor added: “Thinking that you can improve law enforcement by defunding the police is like saying that you want to improve education by defunding the schools. It is absurd. It is ridiculous.”Read More
Gov. Larry Hogan Friday unveiled an $150 million initiative aimed at providing additional support for the state’s law enforcement agencies and victims of violent crime.Read More
If you’re like me, you watch one of the local Baltimore news stations when you’re putting on your jammies at the end of a long day. With luck and cool sheets, you’ll be asleep before you hear the lead stories about murder and mayhem in the big city.Read More
Maryland legislators have introduced a bill that could allow public access to police officers’ disciplinary records.
HB0120, the reintroduction of Anton’s Law, sponsored by Del. Gabriel Acevero, D-Montgomery and Del. Erek L. Barron, D-Prince George’s, aims to increase the transparency associated with police misconduct investigations, allowing the public to better understand how complaints against police are carried out.Read More
Maryland police officers who are dealing with stressors — such as family issues, substance abuse or mass protests — will have access to confidential mental health aid under a bill progressing in the state Legislature.Read More
Despite state senators’ disagreement, sides may be uniting on some possible police reform,Read More
The public should have the right to know whether all complaints of misconduct are adequately investigated, and police departments should be transparent in their investigations.Read More
Sen. Lisa Gladden wants to renew race-based reporting on Maryland’s traffic stops, but Sen. Nancy Jacobs, a fellow member of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, said it would create more work for law enforcement for no reason.
The bill would continue the reporting statute that went into effect nine years ago, “when race-based traffic stops was a major issue across the state,” Gladden, a Democrat from Baltimore City, told the committee Thursday. The statute expired last year.Read More
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