George Nilson

Baltimore must stop gagging victims of police brutality

Baltimore must stop gagging victims of police brutality

The ACLU’s lawsuit seeking to end Baltimore’s policy of including one-sided gag orders in its settlements of police brutality cases may or may not succeed in court. Though it presents some novel arguments — particularly in its inclusion of a news website as one of the plaintiffs — it faces a high hurdle in that the brutality victims agreed to the settlements’ terms. But regardless of the outcome, the group’s complaint underscores what a terrible idea those gag orders are. Not only are the unfair to the victims but they run completely counter to Baltimore’s goals of ending civil rights violations by some officers and increasing trust between the police and the community.

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