Tag Archives: maryland

Meaningful SWAT reform at risk in Annapolis — here’s how to help

Action alert: Help enact meaningful SWAT reform in Maryland! Visit this state web site: SWAT Team Reporting – SB 447. Then click and download the last SWAT statistical report to be issued, FY 2014 SWAT Data Report.(Please do both.) Believe it … Continue reading

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BORDC/DDF, MCCRC oppose announced anti-BDS legislation on 1st, 14th Amendment grounds, circulate open letter to MD General Assembly

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation (BORDC/DDF) and the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition sent the letter below to all members of the Maryland General Assembly yesterday. It concerns reported plans by some of those members to legislate … Continue reading

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Many MoCo, PG police departments fail to comply with complaint process, transparency reforms

Our review of Montgomery County and Prince George’s County police department web sites has found widespread noncompliance with state transparency requirements, and ongoing, outright misstatements of key reforms of the police brutality complaint process — particularly of the new 366 … Continue reading

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Van Hollen, Raskin, Flowers, twenty other MD candidates respond to MCCRC/Peace Action questionnaire

Twenty three candidates for Senate and 3d, 6th, and 8th Congressional District Representative seats have responded to a 13 part questionnaire circulated by MCCRC and Peace Action Montgomery.  The questionnaire and links to election pages and candidate questionnaire pages can … Continue reading

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MoCo Delegate Dumais puts FOP at the table, scuttles key police accountability measure

Police accountability efforts were set back on Monday when House Judiciary Chairman Joseph Vallario and vice chair Kathleen Dumais (D-15, Montgomery County) attended a key Criminal Justice subcommittee hearing.  Despite not normally being members of the subcommittee, the two conservative … Continue reading

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Peace Action Montgomery, MCCRC send issues questionnaire to 3d, 6th, 8th CD and Senate candidates

Peace Action Montgomery and MCCRC have issued a questionnaire with 11 peace, justice, and civil liberties questions for candidates to federal public office seeking Montgomery County voter support. The questionnaire was sent to 30 Senate candidates, and 5, 11, and … Continue reading

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Please ask these MoCo delegates to sign the Syria refugee letter!

The campaign to get Maryland state senators and delegates to join an open letter endorsing the settlement of Syrian refugees is proceeding apace. As of tonight, 39 delegates and senators have signed! That honor roll includes 19 Assembly members from … Continue reading

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MCCRC supports Del. Smith’s HB521 bill restoring SWAT team reporting

On February 23d, MCCRC submitted written testimony in support of HB521, a bill sponsored by Delegate Will Smith (D-20) that would require Maryland police departments to annually report detailed data about their SWAT (special weapons and tactics) team deployments. The … Continue reading

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Marylanders show up in Annapolis for police reform – sheriffs, chiefs agree #NoRec23

Over a hundred advocates of police reform descended on Annapolis on Tuesday to press their case for real police reform and against measures like “Recommendation 23” — packing brutality hearing boards with members favorable to the accused — that would … Continue reading

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Maryland at a crossroads on Tuesday – rally for police reform, pack the hearing room!

WHEN: 11am-9pm, Tuesday February 23 WHERE: MD Legislature, Lowe House Office Building 6 Bladen St, Room 145 Baltimore City Delegation Room Annapolis, MD 21401  (map) WHAT: Rally for police accountability, 11pm Hearings on police reform legislation, 1pm until late. HOW: Montgomery … Continue reading

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