police brutality

June 24, 2020 | Alex Argiris

Report Breaks Down Time Spent by MCPD Officers on Violent Crime

Police officers in Montgomery spent about 4% of their time responding to calls for violent crime, according to recent data. The New York Times recently conducted a review of wide-ranging data from three police departments across the country. Montgomery County was one of the departments reviewed and the numbers indicate a surprising trend. About 50% […]

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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 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 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County Has Not Seen Uptick in COVID-19 Cases Since Protests Began, Gayles Says

Montgomery County has not seen an increase in COVID-19 cases due to large-scale Black Lives Matter protests, said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. “What we have observed here is since that started within the county, we have not seen an uptick in cases,” he said at a county council meeting Tuesday. He emphasized that […]

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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 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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June 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Introduces Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Emergency

Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando introduced a resolution to declare racism a public health emergency at a council meeting Tuesday.  He discussed the killings of black people, like George Floyd, by police officers.  “It’s long past time we focus on the direct link to these deaths and these poor outcomes: racism,” Jawando said. He brought […]

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June 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPD Issues Statement on George Floyd Killing

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) released a statement Monday in response to the killing of George Floyd.  “We, the leaders of the law enforcement community of Montgomery County, are angry and outraged over the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their actions in Mr. Floyd’s tragic, senseless death is an […]

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June 8, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Photos: Good Counsel Students Organize Protest in Olney Sunday

Several Black Lives Matter protests – demanding racial justice after the death of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis – took place in Montgomery County over the weekend, On Sunday, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School students organized one of the protests. The students and community met at the Olney campus in […]

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June 3, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Inspired Montgomery College Student Organizes Peaceful Protest in Olney

Franco Ortuno, an Olney resident and a Montgomery College student, attended his first protest ever at the Rio in Gaithersburg Monday. Like thousands of others around the country, Ortuno was protesting police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Ortuno found the protest so impactful, he organized his own peaceful protest along sidewalks in […]

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