A comprehensive legislative package proposed by Senator Will Smith, Chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, will address a number of pressing policing concerns.
Police reform is shaping up to be a lead issue for the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session. Chairman Smith plans to introduce comprehensive reform legislation. His announcement comes shortly after Speaker Adrienne Jones announced a bi-partisan workgroup chaired by House Judiciary Committee Vice-Chair Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary that will meet over the summer to prepare police reform legislation for the upcoming session.
Maryland Matters reports:
Smith has asked that legislation be drafted to address several concerns surrounding modern-day policing in Maryland, including:
- Officer training
- Use of Force
- Prosecutorial intervention
- Liability caps
- The disclosure of personnel records
- The Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights
For more information:
Sen. Smith Proposes Sweeping Police Reform Legislation (Maryland Matters)
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