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Police reform advocates press for public hearing on Maryland’s guidelines for local accountability boards

A coalition of police reform advocates rallied in Annapolis Wednesday to call attention to proposed emergency regulations they say would weaken a landmark 2021 law that created new mechanisms for police accountability.

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Federal judge tosses Baltimore County redistricting map challenged under Voting Rights Act

Baltimore County's redistricting plan likely violates the Voting Rights Act and must be replaced with a new map that offers Black voters greater representation, a federal judge ruled.

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City opposes paying full settlement to woman who sued over ‘gag orders’

Despite public assurances that the city will no longer impose or enforce clauses restricting speech in police misconduct settlement agreements, Baltimore is arguing that it should not have to pay the woman whose federal lawsuit prompted the policy change. Ashley ...

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As council weighs ‘gag order’ ban, city asks for rehearing on ruling

The day after two Baltimore City Council members introduced a bill to ban “gag orders” in police settlement agreements, the city’s lawyer filed a petition to reverse an appellate opinion that found such orders unconstitutional. Council President Brandon M. Scott and ...

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Anton Black’s backers allege open-meetings violation by Greensboro leaders

A group seeking answers in the police-involved death of a 19-year-old Greensboro man has accused the Caroline County town’s leaders of illegally changing the rules of council meetings to stifle uncomfortable questions at public sessions. The Coalition for Justice for ...

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Ballot initiative group seeks review of JHU police force referendum question

A ballot initiative group formed to oppose the creation of a private police force for Johns Hopkins University is asking a judge to review the preliminary decision by the State Board of Elections that the issue cannot be subject to ...

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Pocomoke City to enter consent decree in lawsuit over racial discrimination

The Pocomoke City Police Department will partially resolve ongoing litigation over race discrimination with a consent decree, the ACLU of Maryland announced Thursday. A federal judge is expected to enter judgment against the city on claims of discrimination and retaliation ...

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ACLU, LDF, parents ask court to reopen Baltimore school funding case

A group of parents and civil rights groups is petitioning to reopen a historic case concerning funding for Baltimore City Public Schools, the ACLU of Maryland announced Thursday. The lawsuit, Bradford v. State of Maryland, led to the creation of the Thornton ...

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Montgomery County sheriff revises immigrant detention policy after complaints

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has revised an immigrant detention policy after pressure from civil rights groups last month who called it unconstitutional. The ACLU of Maryland, CASA and other advocates sent the department a letter in December demanding it ...

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