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Jun 04

NEWS: Maryland lawmakers make renewed push for police accountability reforms

Pamela Wood | June 4, 2020 Heeding the calls of protesters from Baltimore to Minneapolis and beyond, leading Maryland lawmakers are pledging to push for reforms to policing practices. A top-ranking state senator is proposing a sweeping set of reforms, including banning violent police tactics, making disciplinary records public and ending the purchase of military equipment […]

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May 01

PRESS: Baltimore Police Launch Surveillance Plane Pilot Program

Pat Warren | May 1, 2020 The Baltimore Police Department’s controversial surveillance plane pilot program launched Friday. The Aerial Investigation Plane system will provide surveillance of 90 percent of the city over a maximum period of 180 days, focusing on murders, non-fatal shootings, armed robberies and car-jackings. Three planes will fly over the city as […]

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Apr 24

PRESS: Since Freddie Gray – Five Years Later, What’s Changed?

Mary Rose Madden | 4.24.2020 Freddie Gray, a young black man from the city’s west side, died from a severe spinal cord injury suffered while in police custody on April 19, 2015. His death touched off demonstrations and unrest and it raised crucial questions about the relationship between city police and the black community. And […]

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Apr 09

PRESS: ACLU sues Baltimore Police over contract for private planes to survey city for photographic evidence of crime

Emily Opilo | Apr 09, 2020 The American Civil Liberties Union and its Maryland branch are suing the Baltimore Police Department over a controversial plan to fly surveillance planes over the city, the group announced Thursday. The suit, filed Thursday in federal court, challenges the city’s surveillance contract, narrowly approved last week by the city’s […]

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