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File #: 20-0230R    Version: 0 Name: Ending Police Brutality
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 6/15/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 6/15/2020
Enactment #:
Title: Ending Police Brutality For the purpose of joining our national leaders in coming together to address the issue of police brutality, rooting out and addressing its causes and calling on prosecutors and judges across the nation to stand firm against all who would use violence and ethnic intimidation to achieve their ends, whether as private citizens or as law enforcement officials.
Sponsors: Sharon Green Middleton, John T. Bullock, Mary Pat Clarke, Bill Henry, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, Danielle McCray, Robert Stokes, Sr., Shannon Sneed, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Ryan Dorsey
Indexes: Brutality, Police
Attachments: 1. 20-0230R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Middleton

A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Ending Police Brutality
For the purpose of joining our national leaders in coming together to address the issue of police brutality, rooting out and addressing its causes and calling on prosecutors and judges across the nation to stand firm against all who would use violence and ethnic intimidation to achieve their ends, whether as private citizens or as law enforcement officials.
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On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an unarmed man, was brutally murdered by members of the Minneapolis Police. Since that time, our nation has seen millions of Americans of all races take to the streets to demand an end to police brutality and an end to systemic racism within our criminal justice system. The Baltimore City Council condemns this vile act of brutality and similar instances that occur all too frequently in America.

While the Council acknowledges the danger faced by Baltimore City police officers and officers everywhere on a daily basis in maintaining public safety, we also recognize that excessive, sometimes fatal, force is antithetical to that core mission. Democratic societies do not maintain public safety through violent and brutal acts.

Certainly, this Council stands with those protesting police brutality, especially brutality perpetrated against African-Americans. At the same time, however, while protests in Baltimore have been relatively peaceful, we strongly condemn the violence that has accom...

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