On 2.14.2023 – LBS testified in support of Senate Bill 285 – Authorizing Police Accountability Boards with independent investigatory powers.
List of Speakers:
- Senator Jill P. Carter
- Yanet Amanuel – ACLU of MD
- Beverly John – Prince George’s County Coalition for Police Accountability
- Dayvon Love – Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle
Authorizing Police Accountability Boards with independent investigatory powers
The Police Accountability Act of 2021 required each jurisdiction to establish Police Accountability Boards. These boards, ideally, would be comprised of community members that represent the community. While the new accountability framework invites more external involvement in the discipline and oversight of police officers, they are still largely reliant on an investigation conducted by the department.
What does the legislation do?
This bill would allow for PAB’s to have an independent, external investigations to ensure transparency..
Community support is CRITICAL to get legislation passed.