Support greater transparency in police misconduct investigations

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The Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) needs to be amended so that it no longer fundamentally blocks transparency and accountability for communities concerned about police abuse and misconduct.

The public has a right to know that misconduct is being adequately investigated by the police department. Transparency is a prerequisite to community trust—The lack of transparency undermines the public’s trust in law enforcement at a time when law enforcement should be working towards mending and improving its relationship with the communities they are sworn to protect.

Demand greater transparency in police misconduct investigations!

Please take action now.

Message Recipients:
Delegate Curt Anderson
Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary
Delegate Michael Busch
Delegate Luke Clippinger

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Dear Delegate,

The public should have the right to know how police misconduct investigations are handled. Our law needs to be amended, so it no longer fundamentally blocks transparency and accountability for communities concerned about police abuse and misconduct. Our current law categorizes records related to police misconduct complaint investigations as “personnel” records that cannot ever be released.

As a concerned Marylander, I urge you to support HB 1011 (Anton’s Law), which would ensure that members of the public who lodge complaints of misconduct and brutality against officers are not categorically barred from learning how their complaints are handled.

Sincerely,

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

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