The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter today to the Maryland House of Delegates’ Heath and Government Operations Committee offering support for HB 413, which would amend the Maryland Public Information Act to allow public access to information relating to misconduct complaints against public employees – including police officers.
As LDF’s letter notes:
“To build confidence in police, community members must be assured that misconduct complaints are thoroughly investigated, and officers are held accountable. By giving public officials the discretion to release misconduct complaint files to the public, HB 413 could lead to increased police accountability. We urge you to vote favorably for HB 413.”
Read LDF’s letter here.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.