Tag Archives: police reform

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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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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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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Phonebanking for police reform with Progressive Maryland

WHERE: 35 University Blvd, Silver Spring, MD (United Methodist Church; enter via playground) (map) WHEN: Thursday, Feb 18, 6-9pm WHY: Get commitments to join us at a rally and hearings for police reform in Annapolis next Tuesday! RSVP: Progressive Maryland … Continue reading

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Police reform coalition responds in detail to Annapolis recommendations

Last summer, in the wake of the Freddie Gray unrest in Baltimore, a “Public Safety and Policing Work Group” (PSWG) of Annapolis legislators was convened to belatedly acknowledge some need for police reform, following the all but complete denial of reform … Continue reading

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Annapolis MLK evening rally, die-in highlight police accountability agenda

About two hundred activists braved a bitterly cold evening on Martin Luther King Day in Annapolis’s Lawyers Mall — directly in front of the Maryland State House — to send the message to the Maryland legislature that police accountability reform … Continue reading

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Coalition: MD police reform recommendations “an important start” – but #23 is very bad

On Monday the Maryland legislature’s Public Safety and Policing work group issued 23 specific recommendations for police reform (reprinted in full at the end of this post).  Many of the recommendations — which will be featured in a bill or … Continue reading

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Police reform now! MLK Day rally, press conference, and die-in at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis

WHEN: 7pm-9pm, rain or shine, Monday January 18 (Martin Luther King Day) WHERE: Lawyers Mall, Annapolis, across from the State House WHAT: Press conference Rally and speakers Die-in on the plaza, with signs remembering victims of police violence HOW: carpool … Continue reading

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