The Democratic speaker of Maryland’s House of Delegates, Adrienne Jones, mentioned that because of the state’s Democratic-controlled General Assembly overriding Hogan’s veto of three police reform payments, “Maryland is leading the country in transforming our broken policing system.”
“Now, for the first time in our nation’s history, the rights of officers will not be held above the rights of individuals, and policing in Maryland will be transparent and citizen-centered,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
But in issuing his vetoes on Friday, Hogan, a average Republican, argued that “the original intent of these bills appears to have been overtaken by political agendas that do not serve the public safety interest of the citizens of Maryland.”
“These bills would undermine the goal that I believe we share of building transparent, accountable and effective law enforcement institutions and instead further erode police morale, community relationships, and public confidence,” he wrote in a letter
to Jones and Bill Ferguson, the Democratic president of the state Senate.
The reforms come as Democratic lawmakers in Congress and on the state degree push for modifications to policing within the US after widespread demonstrations broke out final 12 months following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and different Black Americans by the hands of officers. The General Assembly took motion as the trial was underway for Derek Chauvin,
the Minneapolis officer charged with second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter within the dying of Floyd final May.
One of the new Maryland laws
requires the usage of physique cameras by every police officer throughout the state “who regularly interacts with members of the public” by July 2025. That provision additionally requires “each law enforcement agency to establish a certain system to identify police officers who are at risk of using excessive force and to provide appropriate responses to reduce the risks.”
Another reform restricts the use of no-knock warrants
, which authorize entry with out discover, by limiting when such a warrant could be executed and “requiring that an application for a certain no-knock search warrant be approved in writing by a police supervisor and the state’s attorney,” amongst different issues.
This type of warrant has become a key target
amongst police reform advocates following the dying of Taylor, a Louisville EMT who was killed by police in March of 2020 after they executed a no-knock warrant.
The different new law
repeals Maryland’s police Bill of Rights, which gave some protections to officers going through investigations into misconduct. The doc allowed disciplinary actions taken by a police chief to be appealed to a county board.
In its place, the brand new regulation requires each county within the state to have a police accountability board that may settle for complaints of officer misconduct by members of the general public. The measure additionally permits civilians to have a seat on a fee that has the facility to “review the findings of a law enforcement agency’s investigation” into officer misconduct and suggest disciplinary motion towards an officer.
Most of the brand new reforms are set to take impact later this 12 months.