For Immediate Release
María José Sandoval
Civil Rights and Faith Leaders will Describe Crisis in Howard County to Senator Guy Guzzone and Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary, Shane Pendergrass, and Frank Turner of the 13th District and Delegates Eric Ebersole and Terri Hill of the 12th District
What: Town Meeting
Where: Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
When: Monday, October 5, 2015 | 6:30pm
Who: Host Organizations include: CASA, NAACP Howard County Branch, St. John United Methodist/Presbyterian Church of Columbia, and the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Confirmed Legislators include: Senator Guy Guzzone and Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary, Shane Pendergrass, and Frank Turner of the 13th District and Delegates Eric Ebersole and Terri Hill of the 12th District
Columbia, MD – This Monday, organizations involved in the battle for police accountability will hold a Howard County Forum with state legislators to describe incidents of police misconduct in Howard County and press for critical reforms needed to restore community faith in law enforcement.
Local activists will describe the standards that dozens of organizations have coalesced behind to address a perceived widespread lack of accountability by those sworn to protect the public. Legislators will be asked to sign on in support of those reforms after receiving testimony about how police/community relations impacts local Howard County residents.
“In Howard County, we believe that we can construct a better, more stable community by addressing legitimate concerns about law enforcement,” said Sara Hernandez, a resident of Elkridge and member of CASA. “Unfortunately though, positive local change is undermined by outdated state restrictions that provide undue protections to those few bad police officers. We look forward to engaging our state delegations on what needs to be done to move Howard County forward.”