Repeal LEOBR

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Maryland legislators must repeal the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights during the 2021 General Assembly. This is necessary to save Black lives.

Maryland currently has one of the most extreme LEOBR laws in the country. The law gives police broad, special rights that protect them from being held accountable, even for brutal and too often deadly actions. LEOBR also prevents communities from investigating misconduct that could lead to discipline.

It’s no surprise LEOBR results in very little discipline for police officers who have complaints against them. Officers who have a demonstrated history of abusing and killing Black and Brown people continue to stay on the force and face virtually no consequences.

While some states have similar laws on the books, most states do not.

Repealing LEOBR would mean that police officers will be treated just like every other state and local government employee, with the same rights in the workplace.

Repealing LEOBR is not only a step towards racial justice, but it is one of five legislative demands of the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability, a large, diverse, statewide coalition of over 90 organizations working to reimagine policing in Maryland.

Please take action now and send a message to your legislators to demand they repeal LEOBR (HB 151 / SB 627) during the 2021 legislative session.

Please take action now.

Message Recipients:
Maryland State Delegates and Senators

Repeal the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights. LEOBR must go. Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability.
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A full LEOBR repeal is necessary to begin to reimagine policing
Dear Maryland Delegates and Senators,

I am a Maryland resident who is concerned about the special rights given to police under the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. As my elected official, I would like you to support a full LEOBR repeal during the 2021 General Assembly session.

To have strong and safe communities, police need to be held fully accountable for their actions. With LEOBR intact, this is not what is happening in our communities. Instead, police officers are given special rights that other government employees do not get, which protects them from disciplinary action.

As a result of the extra, special protections granted through LEOBR, complaints filed about officers are not investigated thoroughly. This allows abusive officers to continue policing in our communities with no accountability, resulting in the countless stories of brutalization that so many Black and Brown Marylanders have faced for decades.

As currently amended, SB 627 is no longer the bill that the community, directly impacted families and advocates have been fighting to pass.

As your constituent, I ask that you please urge Senate President Bill Ferguson and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chair Will Smith to take the bill back to the committee and return it to the bill's original intent. Anything less than a real, full repeal of the LEOBR and community oversight is unacceptable.

It is time that we create a better Maryland and repeal LEOBR.

Sincerely,

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

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