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Maryland police union officials oppose changes to rights law

Maryland police union officials oppose changes to rights law

Representatives of Maryland police unions urged a legislative panel Monday to uphold a law that protects the rights of accused officers, but their managers told the panel they're open to changes to improve public perceptions. The differing messages came at a hearing of the General Assembly's Public Safety and Policing Workgroup on the state's Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. The law, known as LEOBR, has been the target of critics of the criminal justice system who contend it protects "bad apples" on police forces from internal discipline. Frank Boston III, legislative counsel for the state Fraternal Order of Police, said the current law is fair and has been...

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