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Md. Officials to Rethink Removing Officers' Names From Database

Posted: Mar 05, 2018 1:09 PM Updated:
Maryland Court of Appeals Maryland Court of Appeals

BALTIMORE (AP)- Maryland courts officials will reconsider their decision to remove police officers' names from a public online court database.

Officials from the Maryland Court of Appeals have an announced that an emergency meeting will be held on Tuesday afternoon in Annapolis to discuss the matter.

The names of police officers and other law enforcement officials were erased from a searchable database last week - sparking an outcry from attorneys, transparency advocates and journalists.

Court officials said their decision was made in response to safety concerns raised by police. But some police departments have said the decision went too far by erasing the names entirely.

The change came just weeks after a federal trial for two former Baltimore police officers, which offered troubling testimony on police corruption.

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