After the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the protests against police brutality that took place in the city of Baltimore, Maryland last year, some new laws may be coming as a result.
Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban the use of “rough rides”. The term refers to law enforcers making the transport for prisoners very painful by deliberately driving in a manner that they bounce around in the van. The bill would require all prisoners to have to wear a seat belt, something that advocates believe would have saved Freddie Gray’s life.
While no evidence has been found that a “rough ride” was insinuated, it is expected to be a point of emphasis the prosecution uses to convict the six officers being held responsible for Gray’s death.
The death of Freddie Gray has also led to over 30 pieces of legislation. Most of which attempt to address the issues plaguing the poor black communities and police officer trust.
A few of those bills are more procedural, such as mandatory video recording inside vans, prisoners to wear helmets, and not seeking medical help for a detainee would become a crime.
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