Prince George's County – Pass a Strong Police Accountability Board

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Prince George's County has a documented history of police excessive force and racial profiling. That's why the County Council must pass a strong Police Accountability Board (PAB) – county residents deserve better. Residents are starting to see amendments that address their concerns. We need to keep up the pressure to make sure all of the community-backed recommendations are included.

Between 2016 and 2019, there were more than 6,800 use of force cases, of which 94 percent involved use of force against Black or Brown residents. The department's internal review process decided that of all these 6,800 uses of force, 99.8 percent were "justified." There is no justice without accountability.

Tell the Prince George's County Council and County Executive to amend CB-21-2022 and establish a Police Accountability Board that its residents deserve.

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Prince George's County Council Members & County Executive

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Dear Prince George's County Council and County Executive,

The voices of your constituents must not be ignored. As a Prince George’s County resident, I urge you to listen to residents and implement a strong, independent Police Accountability Board that is accountable to the community. The PAB must ensure real police transparency and accountability in our county.

As mandated by the passage of the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021, Prince George’s County must create its own PAB in order to strengthen local police oversight. We must utilize this moment to codify strong civilian oversight measures, not just meet the bare minimum requirements. For far too long, power over police has been centralized in the County Executive and police chief.

If creating a PAB that the community will trust and holding police accountable for misconduct is a true priority, these changes must be made to the bill:

- Seven members of the Police Accountability Board shall be nominated by the County Council, subject to a public interview prior to confirmation.
- Members nominated by the County Executive shall be subject to a public interview prior to confirmation by the Council.
- The PAB must have explicit subpoena powers and investigatory powers to conduct investigations in the initial review of complaints to effectively review complaints of police misconduct filed by members of the public.
- The PAB must also have the authority to share its findings with the Administrative Charging Committee before the ACC decides on discipline.

I urge the Prince George’s County Council to listen to residents’ concerns and implement a strong Police Accountability Board now.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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