Council President Brandon Scott and Councilwoman Shannon Sneed have introduced a bill to end the gag orders that stop victims from speaking about their experience with police brutality. Join us for the City Council’s first hearing of this bill on Monday, September 16th at 5 p.m. at Baltimore City Hall.
Baltimore City and its leadership must prioritize police accountability. For years the City has been forcing victims of police brutality who are settling lawsuits against the police to sign non-disclosure agreements. Silencing victims of police brutality through gag orders is the opposite of accountability, and the courts just upheld a lower court decision deeming their use unconstitutional. We cannot expect meaningful reform of the police department if victims of police brutality are explicitly told they can never share their story.