Maryland lawmakers are proposing a bill to ban “rough rides” from police officers to arrestees during transit. Rough rides are rides given to those arrested detained from police officers that are meant to hurt them.
The proposal of this bill is a direct result of the killing of Freddie Gray, which occurred last April. If passed, the General Assembly will require all prisoners to be secured with a seat belt while being transported. Many say that being secured with a seat belt could have prevented Gray from being so physically injured while being handcuffed in the back of a Baltimore police van.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland lawmakers are proposing every jurisdiction in the state to install seat belts in police vehicles, make it illegal to not seek medical help for a detainee, have video recordings inside vans and put helmets on prisoners.
If passed, law enforcement officials who do not properly buckle in a suspect will be fined up to $10,000.