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Md. Senate passes police reform proposals; attention shifts to House

The Maryland Senate on Wednesday passed police reform proposals to curtail excessive force, limit no-knock warrants, prevent departments from acquiring military equipment, mandate body cameras, make the police disciplinary process transparent and uniform and empower the state prosecutor to investigate ...

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Md. Senate debates allowing disclosure of police misconduct probes

The Maryland Senate took a step Tuesday toward passing legislation aimed at increasing public access to completed internal police investigations, as it narrowly defeated a proposal to ensure allegations of police misconducted deemed “unsubstantiated” would remain confidential. Sen. Jill P. ...

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Hogan wants lawmakers to act quickly on COVID relief

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

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

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

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

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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