Calls grow for more transparency of police personnel files

BALTIMORE (AP) — Some officials in Maryland are calling for more transparency of police personnel files and disciplinary records.

The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that Maryland shields such records from public disclosure. But the recent corruption convictions of some Baltimore police officers have prompted calls for a change. Some officers had faced internal misconduct allegations.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said through a spokeswoman that “the issue of disclosure and transparency warrants a fresh look.”

City solicitor Andre Davis has also said that Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh plans to propose legislation that would bring more transparency and fairness to the police discipline process.

But law enforcement officials said that making such records public would invade the privacy of officers and their families, and subject them to the airing of possibly baseless allegations.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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