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Catherine E. Pugh

Pugh wants to strengthen law putting civilians on police trial boards

Pugh wants to strengthen law putting civilians on police trial boards

State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, the Democratic nominee for Baltimore mayor, says she wants the General Assembly to strengthen a law that allows civilians to serve on panels that hear cases against police officers accused of misconduct.

The law, which takes effect Oct. 1, allows civilians to join the internal police trial boards for the first time, if police unions agree.

Supporters of the law say including civilians is necessary to hold officers accountable for misconduct. But some unions are resisting.

In next year's General Assembly session, Pugh said, she plans to push for legislation that would allow civilians to serve on a trial board without the approval of the local...

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