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Maryland lawmakers override vetoes on sweeping police reform

The measures include the repeal of job protections in the police disciplinary process that critics say impede accountability. They include a new statewide use-of-force policy.
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, a Baltimore police cruiser is seen parked...
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, a Baltimore police cruiser is seen parked near a building while officers check on a call. A comprehensive package of police reform measures cleared the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 including repeal of police job protections long cited as a barricade to accountability. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)(Julio Cortez | AP)
Published: Apr. 10, 2021 at 8:41 PM EDT
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have overridden Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes of three extensive police reform measures. The Democratic-controlled Maryland General Assembly overrode the Republican governor’s vetoes on Saturday.

The measures include the repeal of job protections in the police disciplinary process that critics say impede accountability. They include a new statewide use-of-force policy.

The state also will expand public access to records in disciplinary cases and limit the use of no-knock warrants. Hogan contended the measures would erode police morale and damage recruitment and retention. Supporters say the measures are needed to increase transparency and restore trust in police.