House Police Accountability Workgroup to Hold Public Hearing

    The House Workgroup to Address Police Reform and Accountability in Maryland will hold a public hearing next week to discuss police misconduct investigations, the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, statewide use of force policies, the use and disclosure of body camera footage and the independent prosecution of officer-involved crime.

    House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) created the workgroup in May, following civil unrest surrounding the suffocation of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, in an effort to make policy recommendations ahead of the 2021 legislative session.

    Members of the public are encouraged to sign up to testify at the meeting, which will be conducted over Zoom, on Aug. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Those interested in participating can register ahead of time for limited slots between 9 a.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Thursday. 

    Witness slots are restricted to two minutes and are made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    To register, visit the workgroup page, click on the “meetings” tab and scroll to the schedule for Aug. 6. A link to register will go live on Wednesday morning. 

    Selected registrants will be contacted by a workgroup staffer on or before Aug. 5 to confirm their timeslot and provide instructions on how to connect to the hearing.

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    Hannah Gaskill
    Hannah Gaskill received her master’s of journalism degree in December 2019 from the University of Maryland. She previously worked on the print layout design team at The Diamondback, reported on criminal justice in Maryland for Capital News Service and served as a production assistant for The Confluence — the daily news magazine on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR member station. Gaskill has had bylines in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune, among other publications.Before pursuing journalism, she received her bachelor’s of fine art degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. She grew up in Ocean City.