Fight for Police Transparency & Accountability in Montgomery County — Pass Bill 14-19

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Police transparency and accountability are absolutely necessary to correct the developing pattern of racial profiling and police brutality in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Police Department needs accountability to the people of the county.

The Montgomery County Council recently had a hearing and took a step closer to passing Bill 14-19 which would create a 13-member Police Advisory Commission. The proposed Commission would advise the Council on best policing policies and practices for the MCPD, requiring ongoing research and recommendations from civilians.

The Commission would create a place for community involvement, which is more important than ever. The ACLU of Maryland supports creating a Police Advisory Commission in Montgomery County, but it must be strong enough to challenge police conduct.

The Montgomery County Council could strengthen Bill 14-19 by ensuring the Police Advisory Commission’s recommendations are followed promptly, that public hearings are held regularly, and that no one from the police union sits on the commission.

Tell the Montgomery County Council to not only pass Bill 14-19 to create a Police Advisory Commission – but also to make it stronger.

Thank you for your support.

Please take action now.

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Montgomery County Council Members

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Pass Policy Advisory Commission Bill 14-19, and make it strong!
Montgomery County Council Members

Police transparency and accountability are absolutely necessary to correcting the developing pattern of racial profiling and police brutality. The Montgomery County Police Department needs accountability to the people of the county.

A few of the ways the Montgomery County Council could strengthen Bill 14-19:

• Ensure Police Advisory Commission’s recommendations are followed promptly
• Ensure the Commission holds public hearings regularly
• Ensure no one from the police union sits on the Commission
• Explicitly specify the powers of the Commission
• Set up the Commission as part of County Council's infrastructure, not a County Commission
• Establish that the Commission’s recommendations shall be deemed as accepted and put into effect by the MCPD within a specified time.

I and the community of Montgomery County urge you to pass a strong version of Police Advisory Commission Bill 14-19.

Sincerely,

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

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