Let Survivors of Police Brutality Speak

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Survivors of police abuse, community leaders, and local organizations are demanding that Baltimore City stop its forced silence policy. Baltimore City is one of the few jurisdictions in the country that has the practice of requiring people to agree to gag orders – in the form of non-disparagement agreements -- to settle police misconduct cases. This policy is a choice: Baltimore city does not have to silence police abuse survivors.

Please take action now.

"If your voice held no power, they would not try to silence you. Use your power. Speak up!"

ASHLEY OVERBEY, who is challenging Baltimore’s forced silence policy, represented by ACLU of Maryland

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Baltimore City Council Members

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Baltimore City Council Member

I am requesting your leadership to end the egregious free speech violations Baltimore City has perpetrated for years on victims of police misconduct.
 
Baltimore City requires “non-disparagement” clauses in settlement agreements that silence survivors from talking about what happened to them with the public, including members of the press. Baltimore City is one of the few jurisdictions in the country that has the practice of requiring gag orders to settle police misconduct cases. This policy is a choice: Baltimore City does not have to silence survivors of police misconduct. They don’t have to silence families who sued because their loved one was killed by police.
 
I ask that you support City Council bill 19-0409 which does three things:
1) Prohibits non-disclosure agreements – “gag orders” – when the City Law Department settles cases of police abuse, sexual harassment, and other forms of unlawful discrimination. 
2) Make null and void all past gag orders in settlements of police misconduct, sexual harassment, and other illegal discrimination cases.
3) Has reporting requirements so that the City Council, and the public, know how many such cases are being filed, and how much the City is spending to resolve them.

With your leadership, we have an opportunity to make progress on repairing the relationship between the police and the community.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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