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Action Alert – Urge the Council to Vote Against Harmful Amendments to the PAB Bill (5/24/22)

Baltimore County needs strong police oversight. Yet, the County Council has ignored commonsense, community-backed amendments to Bill 24-22 that represent best practices in the field of police accountability. Instead the council added amendments to protect law enforcement.

Take immediate action and urge your councilmembers to vote against any harmful amendments! Fill out our action alert and personalize the message and subject line to maximize your impact.

Action Alert – Urge the Council to Release Amendments to the PAB Bill (5/11/22)

Following intense advocacy efforts from our coalition for more time and community input, the Baltimore County Council postponed a vote on Bill 24-22 and committed to sharing the amendments to the bill before the next work session on Tuesday, May 17th.  

However, the public still does not have access to the amendments that the Council is considering, despite a vote scheduled for Monday, May 23rd. The public needs sufficient time to analyze and provide feedback on the Council’s amendments.

Help us call on the Baltimore County Council to publish draft amendments to Bill 24-22 immediately.  Baltimore County needs transparency and accountability in order to establish a robust PAB. Fill out our action alert and personalize the message and subject line to maximize your impact.

Action Alert- Call Your Council Member to Delay Vote on PAB Bill (5/2/22)

Baltimore County has an opportunity to be a leader in government transparency and accountability in this arena. The membership of our Police Accountability Board should truly reflect its population, be composed of only civilians, and have investigative powers. Additionally, it is imperative for the board to have independent legal counsel and the resources in staff and budget to successfully operate.

The Baltimore County Council is planning to vote on the Police Accountability Board bill (Bill 24-22) this evening during their 6pm Legislative Session. (Find the link to join the virtual meeting here.) At last Tuesday’s work session where the bill was discussed by the Council, members of the Baltimore County Coalition for Police Accountability and other concerned citizens made strong statements that the bill needed to be amended and that the community needed to see the amendments before they were voted into law by the Council. The Council should NOT be rushing this process and thus keeping proposed legislation from public view and comment.

Whatever your Council District, please call your Council member on Monday, May 2nd between 12:00 noon and 5:00pm to request that the vote on Bill 24-22 be deferred.

Here is a suggested script for each member.

Councilman Tom Quirk (District 1): 410-887-3386
Councilman Izzy Patoka (District 2): 410-887-3385
Councilman Wade Kach (District 3): 410-887-3387
Council Chair Julian Jones (District 4): 410-887-3389
Councilman David Marks (District 5): 410-887-3384
Councilwoman Cathy Bevins (District 6): 410-887-3388
Councilman Todd Crandell (District 7): 410-887-3383 

If you don’t know your district, you can click here to find out.

Action Alert – Speak Up for Police Accountability at the County Council’s Work Session

Join us for the Baltimore County Council’s virtual work session on the creation of a Police Accountability Board. The community will have the opportunity to speak about the Police Accountability Board legislation (Bill 24-22) and advocate for strong police oversight. 

When: Tuesday, April 26 at 4pm 

Where: County Council’s virtual meeting (sign up to speak between 9am-2pm the day of the meeting, link to attend will be provided on the County website)

Why: This is the community’s opportunity to ask the County Council to address our concerns before they vote on the Bill. 

We are working to ensure that our county’s Police Accountability Board is as strong as possible, by advocating that it must:

  • include membership from communities most affected by law enforcement, and with no former law enforcement officers
  • have independent investigatory powers
  • provide proper funding for the PAB to carry out its duties, including stipends for PAB members and hiring of staff 
  • have independent legal counsel

Please see our PAB One Pager and Talking Points for more information!

Action Alert – Send a Message to the Baltimore County Council

Join the Baltimore County Coalition for Police Accountability in advocating for robust police oversight in Baltimore County! 

Baltimore County needs strong police accountability. Police have killed multiple Baltimore County residents, including two Black residents in 2016 and 2019 that have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements, but no prosecution of the police officers responsible. Additionally, there have been 1,085 reported use of force incidents between 2017 and September 2021, disproportionately impacting Black and Brown residents.   

The historic passage of the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 requires each Maryland jurisdiction to create their own Police Accountability Board (PAB) in order to strengthen local police oversight. The Baltimore County Council is beginning to work on establishing their PAB as a result.

Baltimore County must utilize this moment to codify strong civilian oversight measures, and not just the bare minimum. The Police Accountability Board must therefore:

  • include membership from communities most affected by law enforcement, and with no former law enforcement officers
  • have independent investigatory powers
  • provide proper funding for the PAB to carry out its duties, including stipends for PAB members and hiring staff
  • have independent legal counsel

Help us ensure that Baltimore County becomes a leader in transparency and police accountability, and implements a robust PAB with the above features. Click here to fill out our action alert!