Defend the Independence of Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board

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The Baltimore Civilian Review Board (CRB) is an independent agency that investigates citizens' complaints against officers of various law enforcement units.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Law Department has decided to Limit the Authority and undermine the independence of the Civilian Review Board. The City is trying to gag Board Members by making them sign a restrictive confidentiality agreement that blocks them from communicating with the public about their work.

Their independence is under threat. We can’t let this happen.

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Mayor Pugh

DEFEND THE INDEPENDENCE OF BALTIMORE’S CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD
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Defend the Independence of Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board
Mayor Catherine Pugh

I urge you, Mayor Pugh, to reconsider your decision to put the Civilian Review Board under the City’s Law Department and to demand that CRB members sign a restrictive confidentiality agreement that blocks them from communicating with the public about their work.

The CRB is supposed to be an independent agency that investigates citizens' complaints of police misconduct. That is why I’m troubled to hear that the City Solicitor’s office told the CRB that they couldn't: 
- Communicate directly to the Department of Justice, which is monitoring the City’s compliance with the Consent Decree.
- Finalize agendas without approval of the City Solicitor’s office.
- Send letters of CRB investigation findings to complainants.
- Subpoena records from the Baltimore Police Department, which state law authorizes the CRB to do.

I ask that you reverse these decisions and then appoint independent counsel for the Civilian Review Board.

Sincerely,

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

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