Most people can probably agree that handcuffing a five-year-old is never okay. However, this is exactly what happened in Montgomery County, and the whole thing was caught on tape. This has led to new questions being raised about police misconduct in Maryland, and the City Council President is now pushing for a new police accountability bill that might stop this kind of thing from happening in the future.
Of course, a new police accountability bill won’t help people who have already suffered due to police brutality, as it’s too late for them. However, these victims can file lawsuits against negligence police departments and officers for their damages, and this can provide them with compensation for missed wages, medical expenses, and more. It’s always a good idea to get in touch with a qualified, experienced criminal defense attorney who has a strong understanding of this general area.
Tom Hucker Says Enough is Enough
It has been almost three months since footage was released of a police incident involving a handcuffed child. Just five years of age, the child was subject to ill-treatment by the police. The officers allegedly screamed in the boy’s face and loudly exclaimed that “this is why parents need to beat their children.”
Tom Hucker has used this incident as a rallying point for a new police brutality bill that would drastically change the way the authorities operate in Maryland. If this potential bill was in place before the aforementioned incident, the State Attorney’s Office and the Police Chief would have been made aware of the issue within days. In contrast, it took 14 months for the appropriate governing bodies to discover that this incident even took place.
Other Details of the Bill
Aside from being forced to notify the State Attorney’s Office, the County Executive, the County Council, and the Police Chief about these kinds of incidents, the Montgomery County Police Department’s internal affairs division would also need to make additional changes under this new bill. For example, they also provide investigative files and body-cam footage if it’s requested.
Hucker explained that “We spend a lot of money on our police, we have a good police force, but they need to be transparent, they need to be professional, they need to act with compassion, and only if they’re doing that are we going to have public confidence in our police force which is what people want and it’s what the police force wants.”
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney
Victims of police misconduct don’t have to feel alone. If you have experienced an incident like this, you are fully entitled to take legal action against those responsible. Reach out to an experienced attorney near you, and you can begin this legal process and hold negligent officers accountable for their actions.