Political payback leads to the demise of police reform bills

By Hassan Giordano,

(BALTIMORE – April 16, 2019) – As state legislators were putting the icing on the cake of yet another successful 90-day legislative session, tensions were brewing amidst the political leadership that governs Baltimore City’s 45th legislative district.

The issue at hand – at least externally – was the passage of legislation, or lack thereof, that dealt with how the city best serves its citizens as it relates to control of their police department and the hiring practices adopted moving forward. The first bill, HB278, introduced by Delegate Talmadge Branch (D-45), sought to give control over the city’s police department to the Mayor and City Council, as opposed to being controlled by the state as it now stands. READ IN FULL