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June 26, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich: Outside Consultant Will Help Montgomery County Reimagine Policing

County Executive Marc Elrich announced at a news conference Thursday that Montgomery County will hire an outside consultant to conduct a full review of the police department. Elrich says the consultant will serve as an independent task force that could launch as soon as Aug. 1 and will do a “top to bottom review” of […]

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June 26, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Walter Johnson Graduates Organize BLM Protest for Saturday

For weeks Matt Garfinkel and Nat Tilahun wanted to find a way to support the Black Lives Matter movement in Montgomery County. “We felt like we couldn’t not do something,” Garfinkel said in an interview with MyMCMedia. “We really had to speak up.” So, the Walter Johnson High School graduates organized a protest for Saturday, […]

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June 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

House Will Vote on Policing Act; Would Make it Easier to Prosecute Officers

On Thursday the House of Representatives will vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a bill that aims to reform policing and hold officers accountable.  If passed, the bill will ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, limit military equipment use, make lynching a federal crime and create a national misconduct database. The […]

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June 17, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Hogan to Time Magazine: Defunding Police is a ‘Terrible Idea’

Governor Larry Hogan, during an interview for Time Magazine’s Time100 Talks on June 11, said that defunding the police was “a terrible idea.” The statement was made after interviewer Katie Couric asked what he planned to do in response to national calls for the reallocating of police funds into community programs—one of the main reforms […]

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June 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPD Begins New Policy Requiring Officers to Intervene When Witnessing Excessive Force

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) implemented a new policy on Thursday that requires officers to “stop or attempt to stop” other officers they witness using excessive physical force, according to MCPD Chief Marcus Jones.  “This is a win for this county,” Jones said. “It gets the officers to understand what the community is demanding […]

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June 15, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

As Council Calls to Limit ‘Use of Force,’ Police Union Says its Ideas Have Gone ‘Unheard’

As thousands protest police brutality and racial injustice throughout the country, the calls to reform police unions — which can stand in the way of prosecuting officers who kill unarmed people of color — are getting louder. Montgomery County Police Department’s union is the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 (FOP Lodge 35). In a […]

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June 11, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Hogan Public Health Adviser Concerned With Some State Reopening Plans

Dr. Tom Inglesby disagreed with some of the decisions communicated in Gov. Hogan’s public health message on Wednesday. So, he took to Twitter to share his thoughts. Inglesby, who directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and is a public health adviser to Hogan amid the pandemic, said in a series of tweets Thursday […]

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June 11, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

¿Cómo Hablar con sus Hijos sobre el Racismo?

La Dra. Gabriela Romo, experta en temas de familia e inmigración, explica la importancia de establecer conversaciones en familia sobre el racismo. El tema del racismo y el abuso policial surgen de nuevo en Estados Unidos tras la muerte del afro-americano George Floyd en custodia policial en Minneapolis, y que ha desatado fuertes protestas a […]

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June 10, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

MedStar Healthcare Professionals Talk Protesting in the Age of Coronavirus

People around the country are taking to the streets to protest racial injustice and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but with taking a stand comes the ever-looming threat of spreading the coronavirus. On Friday, MyMCMedia spoke to Dr. Fred Finelli, the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Medstar Montgomery Medical […]

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June 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘Just Show That You Care a Little Bit’: Protesters Upset After Officers Don’t Listen In

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered by the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) 1st District station in Gaithersburg on Wednesday. A few protesters said they asked officers who were congregated by the main building to join and listen in on what was being said. Eventually, a few came and stood nearby. “I’d rather have them in […]

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