Lawmakers Regroup to Rework Police Transparency Bills

Following setbacks in the 2019 legislative session, Maryland lawmakers went back to work this week to recraft legislation to provide greater transparency in the investigative process when complaints are made against law enforcement officers. Under current state law, files related to officer-involved investigations are considered personnel records and are shielded from Public Information Act requests – even for the families of victims. “We are trying to find a middle ground, and it is incredibly challenging,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke V. Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) said Tuesday at a work group session attended by representatives from the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police and the Maryland Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs associations. (Md. Matters)

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