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Police forced to disclose internal files

Posted at 9:10 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-10 09:45:55-05

Internal Affairs files of Baltimore Police officer's will now be accessible in trial proceedings.

The State's Attorney's and City Solicitor's office of Baltimore have partnered to efficiently expedite the process in which the Baltimore Police Department's internal affairs records are released and reviewed.

Effective immediately officer's considered a witness in court cases, will be required to disclose to the States Attorneys Office, all existing and past internal misconduct complaints received against them, regardless if the matter was resolved.

Additionally, a new position will be established to assist in the requests of internal documents.

The Baltimore City Law Department Criminal Discovery Liaison will be responsible for reviewing and forwarding files within 48 hours to the requestor.

Defense attorneys will have access to all case files upon signing a "case related use form" as required by law.

States Attorney Marilyn Mosby thinks the changes will simplify disputes over the availability of internal affairs case folders, "Our hope is that this process, not only streamlines the process for disclosing IA file, but also lends itself to more transparency within our local justice system and processes."

To read the full released statement click here.