Baltimore County failed at real police reform

The Baltimore County Council last week passed a weak and symbolic police reform bill, disappointing hundreds of community members. The legislation won wide consensus from County Executive John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr. and a majority of council members, but it does not substantively address the key demands that would bring true progress toward police accountability and transparency. In passing this bill, council members gave enormous deference to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) labor union, while the concerns and demands of residents and police reform advocates were excluded from the supposed “compromise” process. (Balt Sun)

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