- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocates are calling for the dismissal of Baltimore police union’s lawsuit seeking to limit a civilian review board’s access to internal affairs records.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Baltimore Campaign for Justice Safety and Jobs filed a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday. The Fraternal Order of Police lawsuit against the department and board seeks to bar the board from accessing Internal Affairs investigation records and strip its ability to independently assess internal affairs records.

The General Assembly established the board in the late 1990s to investigate complaints against city police officers. In their brief, the groups call the union’s suit an attempt “to shut down any possibility of civilian oversight of police in Maryland.”

The FOP did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the filing.

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