- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have named a workgroup to examine public safety and policing practices.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch announced the new panel Tuesday.

It will begin working next month. Lawmakers will seek input from advocates and members of the public to make recommendations for next year’s legislative session.

The announcement comes after rioting in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death last month after being injured in police custody.

The workgroup will focus on police training, recruiting and hiring practices. It also will consider a statewide oversight panel for certain types of investigations.

The panel will review the state’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. The new panel will complement two other efforts to examine criminal justice reform before next year’s legislative session.


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