Panel to Make Recommendations on Policing Reforms in January

The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Policing Work group is scheduled to hold its final meeting in January to discuss recommendations for reform shortly in advance of the 2016 General Assembly session.

While it is unclear exactly what the recommendations will be and whether any will be introduced as legislation, WBAL TV reports on some likely recommendations as well as proposals supported by Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

Likely recommendations include those supported by police chiefs, including:

– Extending the 90-day limit to file a brutality complaint
– Cutting in half the 10-day rule for an accused officer to get a lawyer
– Creating a statewide standard for disciplinary boards

In a letter sent over the weekend, Rawlings-Blake agreed with those proposals and suggested two more.

– Additional authority to suspend an officer without pay
– More time for a commissioner to act on the recommendation of the internal disciplinary board

But more significant change that is often discussed is uncertain. Examples of that include:

– More psychological testing of officers
– The creation of an outside agency to investigate serious cases of police-involved shootings and deaths and injury in custody

Supporters of that idea said it would eliminate the problem of police having to investigate their own.

For more information read the full report on WBAL TV.