Restore Local Control of the Baltimore City Police Department

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For more than 160 years, the Baltimore City Police Department, by law, has been a State agency. It’s the only jurisdiction in Maryland – and the only city of its size in the country – that doesn’t have control over its own police department.

BPD has serious and systemic problems that need to be addressed, especially persistent brutality against Black residents. The people who should set policy and hold BPD accountable for their actions are on the Baltimore City Council. However, since BPD is a state agency, the Baltimore City Council is largely prevented from exercising this accountability role. It’s time to pass local control and start rebuilding broken trust.

Local control of the BPD is one of five legislative demands of the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability, a large, diverse, and statewide coalition of over 90 organizations working to reimagine policing in Maryland.

Take action and tell your legislators to give Baltimore City control over their own police department. Vote YES on HB 1027 / SB 786.

Please take action now.

Message Recipients:
Maryland State Delegates and Senators

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Dear Maryland Delegates and Senators,

Baltimore City is the only jurisdiction in Maryland — and the only city of its size in the country — that does not have control over its police department. This shouldn’t be the case. As your constituent, I ask that you vote to restore control of the Baltimore Police Department to the people of Baltimore City.

Please also support the amendment to ensure BPD local control is implemented by 2023.

BPD has serious and systemic problems that need to be addressed, especially persistent brutality against Black residents. The people who should hold BPD accountable for their actions are on the Baltimore City Council. However, since BPD is technically a state agency, the Baltimore City Council is largely prevented from exercising this accountability role until the Maryland General Assembly passes HB 1027 / SB 768.

One of the U.S. Department of Justice's Consent Decree goals with Baltimore City was increased civilian oversight of BPD. Passing this bill will help realize this goal.

Please vote YES on HB 1027 / SB 786 to make the police department accountable directly to the residents of Baltimore through the Baltimore City Council and the Mayor.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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