Chief Hyatt continues to show why the county needs more police accountability
Posted by Buzz Beeler @BeelerBuzz on 5th May 2022
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The state has mandated a police accountability board for Baltimore County, but Johnny O attempted to put the lamest version in place. Thankfully the county council is taking more time to study the matter because Chief Hyatt keeps showing a lack of transparency and accountability in many areas. (Photo Credits: Baltimore Sun, Microsoft Creative Commons)

Yesterday’s police-involved shooting in Essex once again demonstrated why Baltimore County needs to take more time and put a police accountability board (PAB) in place.

Earlier this week, the County Council delayed their vote on the PAB matter because of public outcry that the board had no real substance.

Balt County Coalition for Police Accountability on Twitter: “To all of you who called your BaltCo Council reps yesterday – THANK YOU!As YOU requested, the vote on the PAB bill, 24-22, was deferred for 2 weeks. Chairman Jones says the amendments will be made public and discussed at the work session on May 17.https://t.co/fwmuZtPfG5 / Twitter”

To all of you who called your BaltCo Council reps yesterday – THANK YOU!As YOU requested, the vote on the PAB bill, 24-22, was deferred for 2 weeks. Chairman Jones says the amendments will be made public and discussed at the work session on May 17.https://t.co/fwmuZtPfG5

Sadly, this is the type of rubber stamp garbage we’ve come to expect of Johnny O. We believe he’s only going through the motions because the PAB mandate came from the state of Maryland.

Getting back to yesterday’s fatal shooting in Essex, the chilling lack of details and accountability show exactly why Baltimore County needs a strong PAB.

This lame, 100% sanitized statement from Chief Melissa Hyatt speaks volumes, but for the wrong reasons:

This was a tragic event and our thoughts are with everyone involved. We are again reminded that our officers face life-threatening situations every day. I have confidence that the office of the attorney general will conduct a thorough investigation. While I can’t share details about this incident right now, today, our officers courageously faced a dangerous situation, followed their training, and protected the community.

Note what she didn’t say in that statement, folks.

No facts. No details. Nothing of substance. Just the typical political-speak that we’ve all come to expect from the Johnny O administration.

And citizens are taking notice of the lack of accountability and transparency from Chief Hyatt and her minions:

Peta Naylor Richkus on Twitter: “No mention of a police crisis intervention team. At least the Atty General will be involved in the review. Baltimore County needs a stron and independent PAB. @BCPoliceReform https://t.co/Yh5Ehw8m3u / Twitter”

No mention of a police crisis intervention team. At least the Atty General will be involved in the review. Baltimore County needs a stron and independent PAB. @BCPoliceReform https://t.co/Yh5Ehw8m3u

We should also mention that our PIA request is now a month old and still has not gotten a response. However, the police department and county executive are quick on the trigger to let people know that crime at the mall in Towson is being dealt with swiftly.

IvyPR 🇵🇷 🇺🇸⚖️🐾 on Twitter: “Baltimore county executive: Those committing crimes in the county will be held accountable https://t.co/nehYvek5sV / Twitter”

Baltimore county executive: Those committing crimes in the county will be held accountable https://t.co/nehYvek5sV

We can only hope the council puts a PAB in place that will actually help enact change.

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