Hearing Set for Police Accountability Measure in Maryland


Maryland lawmakers are scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a measure to increase police accountability.

The bill was created by lawmakers after unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Gray, 25, died April 19, 2015, a week after suffering a broken neck in the back of a police van.

Some proposed changes apply to a law known as the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. For example, the bill would extend the time residents can file a complaint against police from 90 days to a year.

Another change would limit the time a police officer can take to retain an attorney for internal investigations from 10 days to five.

Critics say the bill needs more work. They say some provisions actually give police even more power and control over internal investigations than they already have.

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