Long overdue protections [Editorial]

Long overdue protections [Editorial]

Legislation pending before the Maryland General Assembly that would in effect standardize police disability pensions across the State of Maryland at 66 2/3 percent of the officer’s former pay is a common sense necessity and long overdue.

Unfortunately, it took a tragedy to bring the issue to the forefront: The shooting and wounding of Aberdeen Police Officer Jason Easton in December 2015, as he was investigating a citizen’s complaint of a threat made against him.

As Easton talked with the citizen in the latter’s back yard early in the morning, the shooter and an accomplice were hiding in a nearby wooded area. The shooter unloaded a shotgun. Pellets struck Easton in the face...