State Roundup, October 26, 2016

POLICE SURVEILLANCE SCUFFLE: Law enforcement officials and civil liberties advocates sparred during a wide-ranging hearing in Annapolis on Tuesday over whether state lawmakers should rein in the use of police surveillance technologies in Maryland, Kevin Rector of the Sun reports.

  • Law enforcement officials told legislators they are willing to consider policy tweaks to their increased use of new surveillance technology but said those changes should not be incorporated into new law, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record. Some of the technology, such as the aerial surveillance used in Baltimore, began as battlefield applications that were adapted for civilian law enforcement use. Some legislators and privacy advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, want state law to govern the use of the equipment.