The trainings are part of a major mobilization by the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police against new police accountability measures, possibly including the abolition of the powerful Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.
A House work group is meeting Thursday afternoon and could vote on whether to propose repealing the bill of rights, which provides broad protections to police accused of wrongdoing.
“We’re just trying to take a proactive approach,” said Clyde Boatwright, president of the Maryland FOP, which is also considering print and television ads to sway opinions.
Boatwright said the police union is determined to not let “an incident that happened 2,000 miles away,” referring to the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, affect the way police in Maryland do their jobs and are disciplined.
“We’re in discussions about using every available resource to get this message out to the members of