Md. police accountability bill runs into setback

Posted at 9:44 AM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 09:45:33-04

A bill to increase police accountability in Maryland has run into a setback in the Senate.

The measure was sent back to committee for more work after a floor debate Monday night.

It happened after Baltimore senators wanted stronger bill language to specifically include two members of the public with voting powers on the city's board that considers disciplinary actions. Now, the bill leaves it up to local officials to decide membership and voting powers.

Despite the setback, Baltimore Sen. Nathaniel McFadden says he's confident the matter can be resolved to pass the bill before session ends next week.

The bill is the result of work by a panel created after the Baltimore riots following Freddie Gray's death after his neck was broken in the back of a police van.

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