Maryland police reform would repeal officer job protections
Jones hopes the time has come to repeal the state’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights — police protections in state law she says have shielded authorities from responsibility, including the officers who she believes suffocated her brother. Police union leaders, however, are concerned the changes could erode important law enforcement protections. The Maryland law created procedural protections in disciplinary matters. For example, in 2013, the year of West's death, officers accused in complaints were given a 10-day waiting period before the police department could interview them. But Clyde Boatwright, the president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, is concerned the proposals will go too far.