Lawsuit against Montgomery County Council for new use-of-force policy

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WDVM) — A police union is suing Montgomery County over their new use-of-force policy, which was passed a few months ago. Officers’ use of force has been in question for some time as police-involved incidents are now the center of attention across the country.

The new policy does not sit well with the Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge 35, which represents Montgomery County police officers. The union announced they are suing the Montgomery County Council for Bill-27, as they say it “directly affects the health and safety of officers.” The policy restricts officers from use of force techniques such as neck restraints or choke-holds, hitting a person in handcuffs or shooting at a moving vehicle.

Councilmember Will Jawando, who is a lead sponsor of the bill, is also pulling student resource officers out of schools as data shows minority students are arrested at a much higher rate than their peers.

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