POLICE PRACTICES & ACCOUNTABILITY
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- ACLU and police accountability reform
- ACLU briefing paper on deaths in police encounters in Maryland
- Schedule a Know Your Rights training for your group
- Garland Nixon, ACLU board member and retired police officer, shares his views on why body cameras are important.
OUR RESPONSE ON POLICE KILLINGS IN MARYLAND AND BEYOND
After a series of police killings across the nation and in Maryland, including the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, concern about police practices has dramatically increased. This pattern of excessive force against communities of color is the direct result of racial profiling, where police officers stop people solely on account of their race. The ACLU of Maryland is continuing its long tradition of addressing police misconduct, racial profiling, and militarization, as well as empowering people to know their rights when interacting with police. #BlackLivesMatter
2015 STATE LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
We're dedicated to advancing civil liberties and civil rights through litigation, lobbying and education. Reform of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, civil asset forfeiture, marijuana policy, and the state's public information law are some of many issues we'll be tackling.
The ACLU of Maryland is at the forefront of ending the unnecessary, inhumane, and costly detention of immigrants and of ensuring that their civil rights are protected. As a result of our work, most immigrants in Maryland now live in counties that refuse to use their local police departments to detain individuals for ICE without a judicial warrant. They understand that public safety is undermined when immigrants are afraid to work with the police. And we intend to mount a legal challenge to the practice of detaining aspiring citizens indefinitely and without a bond hearing while they pursue their cases in immigration court.