Maryland lawmakers are considering a range of bills, in response to a 2016 BuzzFeed News investigation into one of the state’s largest police departments.
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The change is “effective immediately.” It comes in response to a BuzzFeed News investigation that revealed the police dismissed many rape cases as “unfounded” without taking that elemental step.
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Police officers had cited the statute as grounds to drop rape cases without investigating them.
Two state delegates, Shelly Hettleman and Steve Lafferty, want to change how the Baltimore County Police Department handles rape cases after a BuzzFeed News investigation. They’re also “prepared to support legislation” strengthening Maryland’s rape law.
After BuzzFeed News found that Baltimore County detectives did not adequately investigate many rape accusations, the police department promises to “re-examine all unfounded rape cases that have occurred over the last three years.”
Across the country, some police departments claim a vast number of rape reports are false. A BuzzFeed News investigation into a year of “unfounded” rapes in Baltimore County reveals that detectives often don’t investigate them at all — even when the man had been arrested for rape before.
The idea was to ensure people who can’t afford their traffic tickets have an alternative to getting locked up. But it’s facing fierce pushback from some quarters.
The city council is pushing judges to find alternatives for people who cannot afford traffic tickets.
“The whole system’s been rigged for decades,” one supporter said at a rally Saturday.
The donations were for the private school that Trump’s son attends. The candidate and the media mogul have not publicly disclosed the connection.
Legal advocates say the city has failed to reform unconstitutional practices that BuzzFeed News exposed last fall.
A San Antonio judge called out “oppressive” policies that he said pressure courts to squeeze money out of people who cannot afford to pay low-level fines.
A class-action suit had claimed that judges in Austin were locking people up for not paying court fines without properly assessing whether the defendants could afford to pay. A federal judge said this week that the city can’t be held liable.
State officials have proposed extended payment plans for people who can’t afford their fines; new rules would also make explicit that people can’t be jailed when they are too poor to pay.
He also took time on Tuesday to hawk his various business ventures after taking heat from party leaders.
Arlena Lindley was sentenced to 45 years in prison for failing to protect her son from her abusive boyfriend, even though she tried to stop the beating. She was featured in a 2014 Buzzfeed News investigation on battered women facing long prison sentences for crimes their partners committed despite evidence that the women were brutally abused themselves.
Turbocharged surveillance technology turned Officer Rickey Antoine into an unstoppable policing juggernaut. The city of Port Arthur says his approach to traffic safety saves lives. But some of the city’s poorest residents are paying the price.
City council votes to require court to provide proof that judges are not locking up people who are too poor to pay their traffic tickets. The move follows a BuzzFeed News investigation into illegal jailings.