Md. Lawmakers Vote to Recommend Limiting No-Knock Warrants, Banning Chokeholds

A work group composed of Maryland lawmakers approved recommendations Thursday for law enforcement agencies to ban chokeholds, limit the use of no-knock warrants and enforce penalties for violating use-of-force statutes.

Most of the recommendations were approved along party lines, with the majority of Democrats seeking significant reform amid a nationwide outcry against police-related deaths and brutality, specifically involving Blacks and Latinos.

“Our police officers aren’t ordinary people. They carry weapons,” said Del. Vanessa Atterbeary (D-Montgomery County), who chairs the 14-member body. “For Black and brown people, including myself and my three children, my brother and my father, we go out every day worrying [that] something could happen to you at the hands of police. That’s a fact and that’s a reality.”

The group was created this summer by House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) after the police-related death of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis, which spawned worldwide protests and some local officials to implement policy changes regarding police conduct.

In Prince George’s County, a rally for “reimaging policing” in the state will take place Saturday outside the Centre at Forestville with criminal justice advocates and those with loved ones killed or abused by police.

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