By: Jason Miller | July 19, 2018 5:35pm MDT In Maryland, police officers will no longer be required to wear body cameras.
This new law allows police to record their interactions with people without fear of repercussion.
According to the law, the police officer can make the recordings “in the course of an official duty, while preserving the safety of all persons in the area.”
Police officers will also have the option to use body cameras for video conferences with witnesses, which have been an important part of Maryland’s justice system since the early 2000s.
The new law, which takes effect July 20, requires that any recorded interactions between police and the public be “referred to an independent body to determine the appropriate discipline for the officer and the department.”
The new legislation was also designed to address police brutality and brutality cases, and police accountability.
In May, the Maryland State Police launched an initiative to track police shootings and use data to improve their training and response to officers’ use of force.
Maryland has a history of using its law enforcement powers to crack down on lawbreakers and to protect communities.
Maryland’s first police officer, Joseph W. Brown, was shot and killed in 1981, but he was never criminally charged.
He was acquitted in 1992 of murder and assault.
In 2012, Baltimore’s city council passed an ordinance prohibiting city employees from wearing body cameras, a policy that Maryland Gov.
Larry Hogan has supported.
But after a series of fatal police shootings in 2016, Hogan said in February that he would allow police officers to record themselves.
“The state legislature should not be in the business of making rules for police officers that are designed to protect the public,” Hogan said at the time.
The Maryland legislature passed a law in 2015 that allows police officers who use deadly force to face criminal charges if they “reasonably believed that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to themselves or another.”
The legislation was amended in 2017 to allow police to make “specific, articulable facts” that would prove the officer acted “in a manner that was objectively reasonable” in deciding to use force.
The law also allows police the option of using body cameras if they are part of an “independent investigation,” in which a witness, witness stand, or any other method is used to investigate the incident.
Maryland’s law also requires police officers and prosecutors to “provide the state a copy of all body camera recordings made prior to the adoption of the bill,” as well as “a copy of the officer’s written record of the encounter, including all relevant body camera videos” and any recordings made after the adoption.
As a result of the law’s passage, Baltimore Police Department officer Edward P. Miller was fired on May 30.
He had been accused of excessive force and assault against a woman.
He resigned on June 9.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Miller was the only officer fired after an investigation by the Baltimore City Council found he “did not act in a manner in which he reasonably believed that deadly force or the threat of it was necessary” in the April 2016 death of Freddie Gray.
Miller’s firing comes on the heels of the announcement that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who has been criticized by police union leaders for her failure to adequately address officer misconduct, will not seek reelection in 2022.
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