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Police transparency advocates push bill to ease public release of officer discipline records in Maryland

Police transparency advocates push bill to ease public release of officer discipline records in Maryland

Advocates for police accountability and transparency in Baltimore and across the state urged legislators Tuesday in Annapolis to pass a bill giving police administrators the discretion to release disciplinary and internal affairs records when they deem it appropriate.

Currently, state law precludes the release of such documents under the Maryland Public Information Act, categorizing them as “personnel records” that are not subject to public review. The advocates said that provision wrongly helps cover up corruption, allows bad cops to keep their jobs and makes it possible for patterns of police abuse to go unchecked for decades.

Del. Erek Barron, a Prince George’s County...

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