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Baltimore County Council passes new police reform legislation

Posted at 7:52 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 08:19:44-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — The Baltimore County Council has passed a new police reform bill.

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This new bill, which passed six to one Monday night, was introduced by Councilman Julian Jones. It focuses a lot on use of force and prohibits officers from using chokeholds or neck restraints unless a life is at risk and it requires officers to intervene if they see another officer using excessive force.

This bill also prohibits the police department from hiring anyone who was fired or resigned for disciplinary issues, like reasons related to use of force. The police chief will also have to give an annual report to county council on any use of force cases.

Councilman Jones and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski tweeted in celebration of this new bill passing.

Yearly de-escalation training is now required and the bill protects anyone who reports misconduct.