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With the anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer lawmakers on Capitol Hill are struggling to come up with a police reform measure. One key stumbling block has been what is called qualified immunity which protects officers from being sued for their actions. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Jose Santos Woss, legislative manager for Justice Reform and Election Integrity at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, about the prospects for the legislation.

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The recent videos of African American men dying at the hands of police officers have spurred legislative efforts at police reform on the national and state levels. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Haneef Salaam, the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware's manager of the Campaign for Smart Justice, who says that there needs to be new civilian oversight and a reorientation of law enforcement. (Part 2)

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The Maryland legislature has approved a sweeping reform of oversight for law enforcement placing civilian review boards at the heart of the process. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that he was distressed over some of the changes but vowed to make the new laws work.

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The Maryland General Assembly is moving to reform the oversight of police misconduct. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes (D) about those efforts as well as the state's vaccination efforts and reopening.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge enforcing a sweeping police reform agreement in Baltimore has stressed that political winds change but court orders do not.

In the wake of a scandal engulfing Baltimore's mayor, U.S. District Judge James Bredar said the consent decree agreement to reform Baltimore's beleaguered force will withstand any "drama and trauma" in city leadership.

The judge's comments come as multiple officials are pressing Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign amid investigations into lucrative deals she negotiated to sell her self-published children's books.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State lawmakers in Maryland are pushing police reform legislation in the aftermath of a federal trial that convicted two Baltimore police detectives of robbery, extortion and racketeering.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's new solicitor says his top priority is to implement mandated reforms to the city's police department.

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis said at a news conference Wednesday that it would be his failure if his office has not reformed the police department in two to three years.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Six teams are vying to become an independent monitor over police reforms in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the six teams were chosen as finalists from a list of more than two dozen applicants for the job. The team selected will oversee the implementation of reforms mandated under the agreement between the city and U.S. Department of Justice.

The six teams under consideration are CNA Consulting, DLA Piper, Exiger, Powers Consulting Group, Susan Burke and Venable.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Mayor Catherine Pugh says she's confident Baltimore can afford to implement the police reforms outlined in a proposed consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department.

Pugh made that assurance to U.S. District Judge James Bredar (breh-DAHR') at the opening of a hearing on the agreement Wednesday. Once the judge is satisfied that the sweeping reforms are fair, adequate and reasonable and enters the decree, it becomes court-enforceable.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge is hearing from the Baltimore mayor and others on a proposed consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city's police department.

The hearing that begins Wednesday in Baltimore is meant to satisfy District Judge James Bredar that the sweeping reforms outlined last month are fair, adequate and reasonable. Once he accepts the terms and enters the decree, it becomes court-enforceable.

Bredar has asked Mayor Catherine Pugh to discuss the cost of the proposed agreement.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Advocates for police accountability reforms are calling for changes to the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.

Civil rights and police reform activists have set a news conference Monday to criticize the number of law enforcement officials who have been scheduled to testify before a panel of state lawmakers who are considering changes to the law, compared to the number of representatives from groups that are seeking reforms.