Annapolis, Maryland (AP) — Maryland State House members met on Saturday to plan to veto Governor Larry Hogan’s three police reform measures.
The Republican governor rejected a bill on Friday that included a core component of an extensive police reform package. Beginning after a national protest against the posthumous racial injustice of George Floyd in police detention in Minnesota, lawmakers have been working on reforms for about a decade.
Legislation is a top priority of the Maryland State Parliament, which is governed by the Democratic Party. All measures passed by more than three-fifths of the votes required to revoke Hogan’s veto.
“The Senate will take the necessary steps to ensure a safer community and fairer police throughout the state,” said Senate Bill Ferguson, Democratic Party of Baltimore, shortly after the veto was announced Friday night. Said.
The House of Representatives soon cast 95-42 votes on Friday night to veto one of the vetoes of the bill abolishing job protection in police disciplinary proceedings, which critics say hinder accountability I started working at. Maryland approved the United States’ first law enforcement rights bill in 1974, and about 20 states adopted similar legislation that set up due process procedures for investigating police illegal activity.
Hogan also rejected the new state-wide use of force policy and mandated the use of body cameras throughout the state by July 2025.
Another denied measure would increase public access to police disciplinary case records and limit the use of knock ban warrants. Under the bill, police could only use knock ban warrants from 8 am to 7 pm, except in emergencies.
Hogan wrote in a veto message that he believed the measure would “further undermine police morale, community relations and public confidence.”
“They pose a great deal of damage to the recruitment and maintenance of police and pose a significant risk to the security of the entire state,” Hogan wrote.
Clyde Boatwright, chairman of the Maryland Police Fraternity Association, thanked the governor for rejecting the bill and agreed with Hogan that the action would undermine police employment and maintenance.
“We hope that we can continue to work with elected officials to enact meaningful police reforms that protect law enforcement officers, improve public safety and increase confidence in the police.” Boatlight said.
Hogan wrote that the two measures approved by Congress would come into effect without his signature.
One of them created a unit at the Attorney General’s office to investigate police-related deaths and ban law enforcement agencies from purchasing surplus military equipment. The other is to allow Baltimore voters to decide whether the state’s largest city has full control of the police station from the state.
Maryland has been suffering from police accountability issues in recent years. The Baltimore police station signed a federal consent ruling after Freddie Gray broke his neck and died while in police detention, causing anxiety in the city in 2015.
One of the bills rejected on Friday will increase public access to the disciplinary records of police officers currently protected under state public relations law. Named after 19-year-old black Anton Black, who died in police detention in 2018 in a rural town on the east coast of Maryland.