Police Reform

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After nearly 30 hours of voting and two weeks of impassioned debate, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee passed the final bill in its sweeping police reform package out of the committee late last night.

The package is expected to be presented on the Senate floor on Friday afternoon -- and Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and other chamber leaders plan to address the legislation during a news conference scheduled for 11 this morning.

The bill’s language mandates that an officer intervene if they know “or reasonably should know” that another officer is using or intends to use excessive force. For days, Republicans pushed back against Sen. Jill P. Carter (D-Baltimore City), the measure's sponsor, as she attempted to explain what the bill was trying to prevent.