Author Archives: Thomas Nephew

SB0566 and LEOBOR reform in Maryland — what is it, why is it needed?

The centerpiece of coalition police reform efforts in Maryland this year is overhauling the so-called “Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights” (acronym LEOBOR or LEOBR), codified in Section 3 of the Public Safety article of the Maryland Code.  The main … Continue reading

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Speakers at this Friday’s town hall

We’re honored to have a wonderful group of speakers for this Friday’s event, “Police Abuses in Maryland: hear the stories, act for reform.” First, details about the event: WHERE: Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD (map), … Continue reading

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Police reform bills to watch in Annapolis – especially next Thursday

A raft of Maryland police and justice reform bills will get their first public reviews in Senate Judicial Proceedings committee hearings next Thursday, February 26th in Annapolis. Here are the police and police-reform bills we’ll be watching*: SB0566 (HB0968): Law … Continue reading

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Townhall on police abuses in Maryland: hear the stories, act for reform

In support of a sweeping Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality (MCJE) police reform legislative agenda in Annapolis, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition will be hosting a town hall next week titled “Police Abuses in Maryland – hear the stories, … Continue reading

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Tell us your police stories, Maryland

We already know of many stories of police abuse in Maryland — but if you have one, we want to hear yours too. Whether it involves yourself, someone you know, or someone else, please tell us about it in the … Continue reading

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Save The Internet! with Popular Resistance

Advance elements of the banner-holding, demonstrating wing of the “Save The Internet” movement met tonight at Marx Cafe for beers, music, and an update about recent welcome ‘net neutrality’ news (and a look ahead to the next few weeks) from … Continue reading

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Police body cameras: eyes on us, not on them?

In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent non-indictment of officer Darren Wilson, many (including Michael Brown’s family) made the understandable call for police body cameras, since such a device might have provided visual documentation for the claims … Continue reading

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Civilian Review Boards: activist and association views

Police reform advocates like the newly forming Coalition for Justice and Equality and coalition member ACLU of Maryland are taking a close look at the “Law Enforcement Bill of Rights” (LEOBR), the statute that governs procedures when Maryland police stand … Continue reading

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One month left in the Battle for Net Neutrality

What is net neutrality?  It’s the idea that no bit of data on the Internet highways and byways is more privileged than the next.  The ACLU puts it this way: it’s what makes the Internet “a place where you can … Continue reading

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Justice Vigil at Dept. of Justice with HandsUpCoalitionDC.com, 1/26/15

MCCRC joined with HandsUpCoalitionDC.com on Monday, January 26 for a Justice Monday Vigil at the Department of Justice — one of a series of weekly vigils HandsUp has been staging since last fall.  Vigilers demanded: that federal charges be brought … Continue reading

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