Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), submitted written testimony to the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in support of Senate Bill (SB) 178, which would amend the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) and permit the release of records relating to police misconduct investigations and disciplinary decisions. LDF supports this bill because it promotes the transparency that is an essential component of accountability. SB 178 appropriately recognizes the public’s interest in transparency in law enforcement officers’ misconduct complaint histories and permits access to administrative or criminal investigatory records subject to reasonable limitations that balance the rights of officers and the interests of the public.
Read the full submitted testimony here.
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