Baltimore Publishes Police ‘Do Not Call List’ – Officers Not to Be Called to Testify Because of Misdeeds

Marilyn Mosby speaking at Hastings Law School in February 2020

By Helen Greenia

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy late last week published their offices’ “Do Not Call List,” which includes police officers whose actions may deem their testimonies are unreliable.

As a result, they said, the State Attorney’s office is not calling these police officers as witnesses.

Officers on the “Do Not Call List” were described as guilty of lying, convicted of criminal offenses, or some are guilty of being prejudiced in their words or actions toward people of color and minorities.

Some officers on the list were revealed to have charges for criminal offenses, including murder, rape, and assault.

State’s Attorney Mosby stated, “While the overwhelming majority of Baltimore Police Department officers are hardworking, dedicated and trustworthy public servants who decidedly risk their lives every day doing what most won’t; when a police officer is convicted of a crime and/or their credibility and integrity is compromised, it stifles our ability, as prosecutors, to do our jobs and adequately pursue justice on behalf of the communities that we serve.”

Mosby explained that they legislatively advocated and published the “Do Not Call” list in order to keep police accountable for their actions. They are working, Mosby said, toward restoring the trust and reliability in law enforcement by being honest with their communities.

On Oct. 1, Anton’s Law went into effect to make police records more accessible to the public. The law is named after Anton Black, a 19 year old victim of police brutality, who was pinned down by police and murdered.

The people of Prince George’s County have been advocating for the “Do Not Call” list to be made public for a long period of time now. The State’s Attorney’s office claimed the law prevented them from disclosing the list. However, when Anton’s Law came into effect, they were able to release it.

The list contains 148 names, 57 are former officers from Prince George’s County Police Department, and others are employed or formerly employed by smaller departments.

State’s Attorney Braveboy stated, “It is important to note that the individuals on this list make up a very small percent of the over 30 police agencies that operate in Prince George’s County. We appreciate the brave officers who put their lives on the line every day shouldering the responsibility for keeping our communities safe and helping those in need with honor and integrity.”

“However, holding those officers accountable who risk the credibility of their departments and the integrity of cases brought to the justice system is the job of the State’s Attorney,” Braveboy added.

Mosby and Braveboy both support the change in Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) to allow this information to be public.

Baltimore is among other cities who are now releasing the “Do Not Call List,” including Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn.

About The Author

Helen is from Orange County, California. She is a junior at UCLA majoring in English with the hopes of pursuing law school after she obtains her bachelor's degree.

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