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Hogan wants lawmakers to act quickly on COVID relief

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Speaking just hours before the General Assembly is set to convene, Gov. Larry Hogan urged lawmakers Wednesday morning to pass as soon as possible his proposed $1 billion Relief Act for Maryland businesses and residents hardest hit by the pandemic-spurred ...

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Baltimore County Council passes police reform legislation

Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team training with the Maryland Army National Guard, Baltimore County Police and Fire Department. The MD-HART have developed standard operating procedures and guidelines for helicopter hoist/rescue operations with fire department helicopter rescue technicians and police personnel, who are deployed from helicopters. (Photo by Sgt. Thaddeus Harrington, Maryland National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Baltimore County’s council has passed reforms to its police department’s use of force policies, including legislation that bans chokeholds and adds additional oversight measures. The council passed 6-1 on Monday the SMART Policing Act, which limits the Baltimore County Police ...

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Judge: Baltimore is ‘ground zero’ for police reforms

U.S. District Chief Judge James K. Bredar

The Baltimore Police Department might finally be on its way toward implementing reforms required under an agreement it reached with the federal government to end unconstitutionally excessive tactics, the federal judge overseeing the three-year old accord said Thursday. Chief U.S. ...

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First consent decree-mandated BPD policies rolled out in practice

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The first consent decree-mandated policy changes are in practice on the streets of Baltimore this week, nearly three years after the city and federal government agreed to a lengthy reform process. The Baltimore Police Department announced Tuesday that a group ...

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Judge: Finding right police commissioner ‘critical’ to Baltimore consent decree

‘It’s wrong to conflate police reform and the crime control problem but it’s also a mistake to discount how much the focus on crime control and the quick fixes that are being proposed threaten to upset efforts to change how policing is done in Baltimore,’ says David Jaros, a criminal law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. (Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

The federal judge overseeing the government-ordered police reform in Baltimore expressed serious concerns about the future of the city's efforts without a new police commissioner capable of leading the department through the process.

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Monitoring team sets Baltimore consent decree benchmarks for first year

In this March 31, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Police Department Officer Jordan Distance stands on a street corner during a foot patrol in Baltimore. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The monitoring team overseeing the reform of the Baltimore Police Department will focus on reviewing and revising policies and procedures in its first year, according to a draft plan released Monday. The policies scheduled for review include use of force; ...

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Monitoring plan for consent decree coming as Baltimore grapples with soaring violence

‘It’s wrong to conflate police reform and the crime control problem but it’s also a mistake to discount how much the focus on crime control and the quick fixes that are being proposed threaten to upset efforts to change how policing is done in Baltimore,’ says David Jaros, a criminal law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. (Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

Experts say three straight years with more than 300 homicides and frustration over a perceived lack of accountability for officers threaten to stymie efforts without a sustained push from the community.

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