Police Reform Town Halls

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Watch the Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. town hall here or live on Facebook and YouTube 
Scroll down for the Oct. 6 video

About the Town Halls

The Maryland Catholic Conference is convening two virtual town halls to discuss police reform and racial justice in Maryland, in partnership with two members of the Maryland House of Delegates Workgroup to Address Police Reform and Accountability, Delegate Darryl Barnes (D-25, Prince George’s County) and Delegate Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-41, Baltimore City).

The House of Delegates’ Police Reform Workgroup is holding hearings, reviewing policies and procedures, identifying best practices for reform and accountability, and making recommendations prior to the January 2021 General Assembly session.

In June 2020, the Maryland bishops released a statement on racial justice, Building Bridges of Understanding and Hope, that called for “…healing, harmony and solutions that recognize that every person has been created in the image of God and that every person possesses human dignity. …We pray that God will guide us during these difficult times and give us the courage to act with conviction in our duty to seek racial equality, heal divisions, and build bridges of understanding and hope.”


Oct. 26 Town Hall in the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Time: 7:30 p.m. Our virtual host is St. Bernardine parish, Baltimore, MD.

Download the flyer here.

Participants: 

  • Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

  • Delegate Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-41, Baltimore City), member, Maryland House of Delegates Workgroup to Address Police Reform and Accountability

  • State Senator Jill P. Carter (D-41)

  • Michael S. Harrison, Baltimore Police Commissioner

  • Moderator: Andre Hepkins, WBAL-TV 11


Parishioners are invited to submit questions in advance
here and during the town hall. 


Oct. 6 Town Hall in the Archdiocese of Washington

Our virtual host was Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD. 

Participants:

  • Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington

  • State Delegate Darryl Barnes (D-25, Prince George's County), member, Maryland House of Delegates Workgroup to Address Police Reform and Accountability and chair of the Legislative Black Caucus

  • William Milam, Vice President, Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police 

  • Renee Mortel Joy, chief of the Public Integrity Unit, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office and member, Prince George’s County Police Reform Work Group.

Read about the town hall in the Catholic Standard