Put judges and officers for yourself in all your cities that your God is giving you, for your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteousness. You shall not subvert justice; you shall not show favoritism…justice, justice shall you pursue…
– Deuteronomy 16:18-20
Law enforcement should serve and protect everyone, but Black and brown Marylanders are facing systemic violence and over-policing every day. Jewish tradition teaches us that destroying one life is akin to destroying the entire world. Police violence has destroyed so many worlds in our state, and Maryland laws prevent the public from even finding out about officers’ mistreatment of people. We must be able to hold police accountable to the people and communities they hurt.
The People: People hurt by police, particularly Black and Brown individuals, immigrants, LGBTQI+ people, and those experiencing mental health crises.
The Legislation: Under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) disciplinary records of police may not be released, which prevents effective accountability and discipline for police officers.
- Remove legal barriers that prevent public access to records of police misconduct.
- Ensure public participation in holding police officers accountable for abuse and brutality.
February 17, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join JUFJ and learn the basics of how the Maryland General Assembly functions in Annapolis, and the work JUFJ will be doing during the 2020 state session.