Legislative alert - contact MD legislators *now* for police reform
Critical bills face committee votes - your action could tip the balance
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee considered nearly twenty police reform bills ranging from body camera regulation to state prosecutors for police-involved deaths to, most critically, SB566/HB968, Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights (LEOBOR) reform, a bill that would bring Maryland's uniquely protective statutes back into line with most of the rest of the country: civilian participation in disciplinary review hearings, an end to the 90 day time limit for filing complaints, and an end to the practice of first interviewing officers as late as 10 days after everyone else's testimony has been collected.
Now the House Judiciary Committee is voting on these bills -- and while the state prosecutor bills have failed, LEOBOR reform is still a possibility. Help make it happen:
- Fill out and send the ACLU of Maryland's email urging House and Senate leadership to support police reform bills.
- Contact your Montgomery County delegates and Senators on the relevant House and Senate committees by email and phone, urging them to support SB566/HB968. The email link has text you can edit.
- Email to Senator Susan Lee (Which district am I in? check here)
(District 16, Bethesda/Chevy Chase) 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3124
- Email to Senator Jamie Raskin
(District 20, Takoma Park/Silver Spring) 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3634
- Email to Delegate Dumais
(District 15, Poolesville/Barnesville) 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3052
- Email to Delegate Morales
(District 19, Aspen Hill/Washington Grove) 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3528
- Email to Delegate Moon
(District 20, Takoma Park/Silver Spring) 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3474
- Email to Delegate Smith
(District 20, Takoma Park/Silver Spring) 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3493
A recent report by the ACLU of Maryland shows that from 2010 to 2014 alone, 109 Marylanders died in police encounters. One. Hundred. And. Nine.
Adjusted for population, the Black death rate from police encounters was five times that for Whites. Five. Times. Higher.
We think you agree something is wrong with this picture; if so, now -- right now -- is the time to do something about it.
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Thanks for all you do!