Support greater transparency in Maryland police abuse and misconduct investigations
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The public should know how police misconduct is investigated, including whether body camera footage is reviewed and witnesses are being contacted, especially when police departments do not punish wrongdoing.
Currently, if a Marylander files a complaint of police misconduct, they can’t find out how the department investigated the complaint. The problem is that the complaint is considered a “personnel record” under Maryland’s Public Information Act, and personnel records may never be disclosed. That’s unacceptable.
Demand greater transparency in police misconduct investigations!
Thanks to your advocacy over the years, there is a draft bill being considered in the General Assembly right now that would change the MPIA. But that bill only allows the State to disclose some complaint investigation details, not all, leaving a lot to the discretion of police to police themselves. The isn’t good enough. The draft bill does not provide enough transparency.
Marylanders deserve police transparency and accountability. ALL complaints should be disclosed to the public.
Please take action now.
Del. Jazz Lewis
Del. Jon Cardin