Maryland pushes for police reform with repeal of its police bill of rights


Maryland lawmakers passed a package of sweeping police reform bills which narrow the capacity of police to use force and expand accountability for their misconduct, in part by doing away with the state’s powerful and first-in-the-nation Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights passed in 1974.

Maryland’s Democratic-controlled legislature passed the bills over the objections and vetoes of Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and the legislative package is being hailed by Democratic lawmakers and police reform advocates as a significant step toward a more progressive criminal justice system in the state.

“Last year, I attended and participated in multiple demonstrations of people demanding change — the young and the old,…

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