Updates and News

Updates

BCCPA OpEd in Maryland Matters

The Guest Commentary “Opinion: Baltimore County Council Undermines Police Accountability ReformsMaryland Matters written by BCCPA members Ricarra Jones (199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East), Lydia Walther-Rodriguez (CASA) and Daniel Golombek (Baltimore County Progressive Democrats) outlines the coalition’s concerns about the Baltimore County Police Accountability Bill. (May 26, 2022)

BCCPA Press Conference on PAB Bill

Community members and advocates Рincluding speakers from the ACLU, CASA, NAACP Randallstown, NAACP Baltimore County, LWVBCo, Anne Arundel Coalition for Police Accountability Рheld a news conference calling on the Baltimore County Council to strengthen pending legislation to create a strong Police Accountability Board. Watch the livestream of the conference here and read the press release here. (May 25, 2022)

Vote Postponed Vote on PAB Bill

Following intense advocacy efforts from our coalition for more time and community input, the Baltimore County Council postponed a vote on Bill 24-22 on Monday (5/2), and committed to sharing the amendments to the bill before the next work session on Tuesday, May 17th. Read news coverage about the meeting here and complete our Action Alert now. (May 2, 2022)

BCCPA Sends Open Letter to Baltimore County Council

The BCCPA sent an Open Letter to the Baltimore County Council urging the Council to delay the vote on the PAB Bill (24-22) scheduled for the May 2nd Legislative Meeting. The coalition also requests that the Council publicly release the proposed amendments to the PAB Bill. Read the Open Letter here. (May 2, 2022)

Baltimore County Residents Demand Strong PAB Bill During Baltimore Council Council Work Session

Coalition members and residents spoke overwhelming in favor of strengthening the PAB Bill during the Baltimore County Council Meeting last night (April 26, 2022). Suggested amendments include granting the PAB investigatory power, requiring independent council, specifying stipends for PAB members, and limiting former law enforcement officers from serving. Watch the video of the hearing on the Council Website (April 26 at 4pm) and read the WYPR story.

BCCPA Sends Memo to the County Council

The BCCPA sent a Memo to the Baltimore County Council with suggestions to strengthen the PAB Bill, including: granting the PAB investigatory power, requiring independent council, specifying stipends for PAB members, limiting former law enforcement officers from serving, and more. Read the Memo to County Council on PAB (April 20, 2022) to learn more.

Coalition Members Speak At Community Forums

Coalition members and residents spoke in support of civilian oversight and a strong PAB at a Community Forum in Randallstown on April 6th and a virtual Forum on April 7th. Watch the video of Community Forum in Randallstown on PAB (April 6, 2022) and read WBALTV11’s coverage (April 7, 2022).

BCCPA Releases Fact Sheet on PAB

Curious about what the Police Accountability Board is and why it’s important? The BCCPA created a fact sheet that provides background on the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 and information about what a strong PAB should include. Please read and share! One Pager on the PAB (March 2022)

Open Letter Sent to County Executive

The BCCPA sent an Open Letter to County Executive Olszewski urging transparency and public input in the creation of the Police Accountability Board, and prompt release of the plans and timeline for the PAB. Open Letter to County Executive Olszewski (Feb 2022)

Baltimore County PAB Workgroup Forms

The Maryland Coalition for Justice & Police Accountability (MCJPA) is a large, diverse, statewide coalition of 100+ organizations united to demand impactful police reform. After the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 was passed, members of MCJPA located in Baltimore County began working together to advocate for the implementation of the PAB. MCJPA Website (2021)

In the News

Opinion: Baltimore County Council Undermines Police Accountability Reforms. Ricarra Jones, Lydia Walther-Rodriguez and Daniel Golombek. Maryland Matters, May 26, 2022.

Baltimore County Delays Vote on Police Accountability Board, Asking for More Input. Dave Detling. WMAR, May 2, 2022

Baltimore County Delays Vote on Controversial Police Accountability Board. John Lee. WYPR, May 2, 2022

Baltimore County Vote on Police Accountability Board Postponed After Activists Say Bill Was Rushed. Alison Knezevich. Baltimore Sun, May 2, 2022

Police Accountability Board questioned at Baltimore County Council Hearing. John Lee, WYPR, Apr 26, 2022

Baltimore County citizen police accountability board to be debated Tuesday. John Lee, WYPR, Apr 25, 2022 

Baltimore County and others are creating police accountability boards. How strong will they be? Alison Knezevich and Darcy Costello. Baltimore Sun, Apr 25, 2022

Council to discuss police accountability board amid questions about Dundalk shooting. Tim Swift, Fox45 News, Apr 25, 2022

Baltimore County needs strong civilian oversight of the police. Peta N. Richkus, Medium, Apr 22, 2022

Dundalk man whose arrest led to Baltimore County police shooting cleared of murder charges. Tim Swift, Fox45 News, Apr 21, 2022

Baltimore County residents discuss new police accountability board. Khiree Stewart, WBAL TV, Apr 7,2022

Baltimore County takes steps to create a police accountability board. Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun, Apr 4, 2022

In Baltimore County, curbing police misconduct is vital. Ericka McDonald, Baltimore Sun, Dec 6, 2021