Baltimore police leaders ask to fire officers facing charges

BALTIMORE — Police leaders in Baltimore have asked Maryland lawmakers to change a state law to allow them to fire officers who have been charged with a crime.

The Baltimore Sun reports the request was made in a letter to the state’s Commission to Restore Trust in Policing.

It comes as the police reform work group held a virtual public hearing Thursday about the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.

Baltimore’s chief solicitor says the change would allow police leaders to quickly fire officers, instead of waiting for a conviction.

The proposal also asks that police leaders be given authority to suspend officers without pay if they cannot be terminated for misdemeanors.

Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up