10 Days

The period of time Baltimore police officers enjoy under law to “get their stories together.”

Complaints in Baltimore About Law Offering Protections for Officers
New York Times By Timothy Williams (April 30, 2015)

“As Justice Department officials began meeting with community leaders in Baltimore this week in the early stages of their civil rights inquiry into the death of Freddie Gray, they heard repeated complaints about a state law that gives special legal protections to police officers suspected of abusing their power.

The law is similar to at least a dozen across the country, commonly known as police officers’ bills of rights. But Maryland’s, enacted in the early 1970s, was the first and goes the furthest in offering layers of legal protection to police officers. Among its provisions is one that gives officers 10 days before they have to talk to investigators.

“There should be no reason why they should have 10 days to get their story together,” said Tré Murphy, coordinator for the Baltimore United for Change Coalition, who attended one of the meetings. “They are not being held accountable, and frankly, we need to do something about it.”

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