Both Montgomery County and Howard County state’s attorney’s signed an official agreement to exchange cases handling police-involved death investigations.
The agreement stemmed from the Obama Administration’s policing in the 21st-century report back in 2015. This is a joint effort between the counties concerning all in-custody or police-involved deaths.
The offices have already been investigating cases for about five years, but it was only under a verbal agreement. The arrangement will have independent prosecutors to conduct independent reviews.
Montgomery County State’s Attorney, John McCarthy, stated: “We are going to have written reports, that are going to be required to each other, about a summary of facts regarding the investigations. We have agreed to accompany each other to public forums in the community.”
This is also apart of the state’s attorney’s goal in improving trust and transparency with the public.