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Thursday, Mar 12 in Annapolis: rally & hearings on police reform
Join us to rally for and attend House hearings about police reform bills in Maryland, esp. HB968, reforming the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights (LEOBOR).

RALLY, 11AM: Lawyers Mall, Annapolis, MD (map)
House Office Building, Room 101, 6 Bladen St.  (bring photo ID)
(click here to RSVP at the Facebook event page)

Briefly, HB968 authorizes civilian appointments to review boards, prevents officer access to investigative results before his/her own questioning, ends the 90 day time limit on filing complaints, and ends a 10 day window to obtain counsel for interrogation.   (More details about the Senate version, SB566, and its text are available at our blog.)

The hearing begins at 1:00 p.m., but many bills related to police officer accountability will be heard that day and the order will not be known until the hearing starts. The hearing may not end until after dark.On the 12th, follow @hashtagMDCJE or @mococivilrights on Twitter to keep up with developments.

Other points:
  • CARPOOL: If you would like to offer rides to others to Annapolis on the 12th, or seek one yourself, visit
  • LOBBY STATE SENATORS FOR SB566: State Senators Jamie Raskin (D20, Silver Spring/Takoma Park) and Susan Lee (D16, Bethesda/Glen Echo) are on the committee considering the Senate version of LEOBOR reform.  Give them a call, send them an email about it.
  • FREEDOM SCHOOL: After the rally and before the hearings, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III will lead a freedom school style seminar in Room 150 of the House Building, about police and justice reform bills, and the legislative process.
MCCRC is proud to join the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality (MCJE), including Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, the ACLU of Maryland, and other groups in efforts for police reform.

Feb 27 "Police abuses in Maryland" town hall a great success
On Friday, February 27, MCCRC hosted a town hall about police abuses in Maryland.  Speakers included mothers of  three of the many Marylanders killed by police forces in our state over the past 16 years - Marion Gray-Hopkins, Darlene Cain, and Olubunmi Oludipe -- as well as Delegates David Moon and Will Smith, MCCRC's Elsa Lakew, MCJE spokesperson Neal Carter, Congr. Black Caucus Foundation's Dr. Menna Demessie, Howard University student association president Leighton Watson, and more.

Our report on the town hall is here:
Police reform town hall builds resolve for Annapolis March 12 action

...and features a video series with of each of the speakers; click the image to view it:

(Marion Gray-Hopkins speaks to town hall audience, Takoma Park Community Center, Fri Feb 27, 2015)

Please monitor our blog and Facebook page for updates, and bookmark our 2015 Maryland lobbying page

Thanks for all you do!

Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition