For years, Montgomery and Howard counties have had an off-the-cuff agreement to research deaths that happen by the hands of each other’s cops; now, they’ve made it official and hope it builds trust and transparency. “We all know that there are specific segments of our group that do not assume the legal justice system is all the time truthful to them,” stated Montgomery County’s state’s lawyer.
Each time a person dies at the hands of the police, a variety of scrutiny and skepticism are applied. Now, Montgomery and Howard County prosecutors have formalized an settlement to research each other’s fatal police incidents in an try and deliver transparency to the inquiry.
“What we’re trying to do is build public confidence in the integrity, transparency and equity of those investigations,” stated Montgomery County State’s Lawyer John McCarthy. “There may be some sort of impression that the repair is in, or it’s not a fair or impartial evaluation.”
The memorandum of understanding, signed Tuesday with Howard County State’s Lawyer Wealthy Gibson, formalizes an oral settlement between the two counties that has been in place for years, to stop a county’s prosecutors from investigating deaths brought on by officers of that county’s police.
“We all know that there are specific segments of our group that do not assume the legal justice system is all the time truthful to them,” McCarthy stated.
After figuring out whether the involved officer ought to face felony expenses within the demise, the investigating prosecutor will provide a written memorandum to the prosecutor the place the demise occurred, “outlining the idea of their conclusion relating to the matter investigated.”
As well as, the memo “will state the steps taken through the investigation of the case, the details gathered in the course of the evaluation of evidence, and the authorized reasoning that substantiates the final determination associated to the case.”
Whereas the aim of the agreement is to promote transparency, it includes a provision that reads, “The memorandum might be thought-about work product and confidential and the doc itself is not to be disclosed to the public.”
Nevertheless, McCarthy stated Friday he will submit virtually all the details included in a Howard County investigation into the Jan. sixteen demise of Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, 31, who was shot and killed after making an attempt to rob the BB&T Financial institution on Wayne Avenue, near the Silver Spring Metro station.
“For the lay individuals who occurred to be in the financial institution at the time, or the bank staff, I’ve deleted their private info, but the particulars of the investigation and the thoroughness, it’s all there,” McCarthy stated.
The primary-of-its-sort agreement in Maryland might ultimately be replaced with another unbiased investigating body in police killings, at present being utilized in a couple of different states.
“It goes to a statewide body of unbiased investigators for the state police,” McCarthy stated. “I feel we’re a precursor to something like that,…