More Police Transparency in Montgomery County

Maryland county council OKs police transparency bill

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Officials of Maryland’s most populated county have approved a measure to increase the transparency of investigations into deaths involving police.

The Montgomery County Council passed the measure Tuesday.

The measure seeks to ensure investigations into a police officer’s conduct are independent, impartial and transparent.

It requires investigators from a separate jurisdiction to review such cases. It requires investigators to submit a report of their findings to the Montgomery County state’s attorney or a designee, who will review the report and decide whether to file charges.

If no charges are filed, the bill requires the report to be released to the public. If a criminal case is brought, the report will be released at the end of the court case.