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Maryland lawmakers plan to override Gov. Hogan’s vetoes on police reform

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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, a Baltimore police cruiser is seen parked near a building while officers check on a call. A comprehensive package of police reform measures cleared the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 including repeal of police job protections long cited as a barricade to accountability. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers gathered Saturday with plans to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes of three police reform measures.

The Republican governor vetoed legislation Friday that includes the core components of a far-reaching police reform package. Lawmakers have been working on the reforms for about 10 months, beginning after the nationwide protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota.

The legislation is a top priority of the Maryland General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats. All of the measures passed with more than the three-fifths vote needed to override Hogan’s vetoes.

“The Senate will take the necessary action to ensure that we can have safer communities and fairer policing throughout our state,” Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat said, moments after the vetoes were announced Friday night.

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