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Mayor Young addresses 'gag orders' bill, says victims can discuss cases

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 10:34:25-04

BALTIMORE — The mayor says a new bill to prohibit gag orders in police misconduct and unlawful discrimination settlements is in conflict with the city charter.

It was introduced this week by Council President Brandon Scott and Councilwoman Shannon Sneed. The police department requires victims of police brutality and misconduct to sign non-disclosure agreements.

A recent court ruling found that was unconstitutional. Young claims now there are new agreements in place that don't prevent victims from talking.

Besides prohibiting non-disclosure provisions, the bill would also require the city's law department to publish information about claims filed.