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ACLU challenges FOP lawsuit attempting to limit civilian review board access to files

ACLU challenges FOP lawsuit attempting to limit civilian review board access to files

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is challenging a lawsuit brought by the Baltimore police union to block a civilian review board from examining police disciplinary records.

In a brief filed in Baltimore Circuit Court this week, the ACLU and the Baltimore Campaign for Justice, Safety, and Jobs call the suit "a transparent attempt by the [Fraternal Order of Police] to shut down any possibility of civilian oversight of police in Maryland."

"I hear a lot of rhetoric about transparency and accountability from the FOP," said David Rocah, senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Maryland. "But it is beyond insulting to say you are for that and file...

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