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MCCRC 2016 Annapolis legislative tracker

During the coming weeks, MCCRC will be maintaining a list of pending Maryland legislation of particular significance to civil rights and civil liberties in our state. The list — embedded below — is annotated with current MCCRC positions (the first … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! 2015 in review

Happy New Year!  There’s still time for a quick look back at 2015, an active one for MCCRC. Here’s an excerpt from the WordPress blog summary: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about … Continue reading

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MCCRC “favorable with amendments” position on HB627, the ACLU body camera bill

MCCRC revised its formal position on proposed body camera legislation from opposition to SB482 to “favorable with amendments” for HB627— the best of three body camera bills considered by the House Judiciary Committee.  (The text of our statement is reproduced … Continue reading

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Maryland body camera legislation – on its way to “worse than nothing”

Three body camera bills were considered by the Maryland House Judiciary committee on March 12.  Their statuses, as of this morning, are: HB308 (Conaway: video cameras ) – Unfavorable Report by Judiciary (no motion) HB533 (Sydnor: surveillance exception )  – … Continue reading

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March 12th Annapolis rally and hearings build case for police reforms

A brisk, bright early spring day provided the perfect backdrop for a stirring rally for police reform on Annapolis’s “Lawyers Mall” last Thursday. Speakers at the rally included Adam Jackson (Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle), Sara Love (ACLU MD), Gerald … Continue reading

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Feb 26 MCCRC testimony opposing the SB482 body camera bill

Last week we submitted testimony against one of the bills that others within the police accountability movement support — SB482, concerning the use of police body cameras.  Senator Raskin’s office graciously distributed it to the Judicial Proceedings Committee before hearings … 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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#ReclaimMLK in Silver Spring this Saturday afternoon, because #BlackLivesMatter

On Saturday at 3pm, civil rights supporters from around the county, the region, and the state will join together in a sit-in on Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring to, in MCCRC organizer Elsa Lakew’s words, show our elected officials that … Continue reading

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