Police Accountability & PIA

We’re talking to Kevin Rector and Talia Richman from the Baltimore Sun about their investigative work on police accountability in Baltimore over the past year, and how they use Public Information Act requests in their reporting.  Their work is part of the Sun’s reporting package, which has been nominated for MDDC’s prestigious James S. Keat FOIA Award.  The Keat FOIA award honors a body of work reported primarily through open records.  The Keat award, among many others, will presented at MDDC’s annual conference in May in Annapolis, Maryland.


Kevin Rector
Kevin Rector

Kevin Rector is an investigative reporter with a focus on criminal justice. He previously covered the Baltimore Police Department and city crime. Kevin joined The Baltimore Sun in 2012, is an Ellicott City native and a Terp.

Talia Richman
Talia Richman

Talia Richman covers City Hall for The Baltimore Sun. She joined the paper in 2017 after graduating from the University of Maryland. Talia’s work has appeared in The Oregonian, USA Today and The Dallas Morning News, her hometown newspaper.


Baltimore gave $75K to assistant AG who alleged Mosby ‘tantrum’ over perjury claim cost her top police job, Kevin Rector, December 10, 2019

 Baltimore County police release video of confrontation between city school principal and officer, Liz Bowie, September 18, 2019

76 Baltimore Police misconduct cases have been allowed to expire since 2016, Kevin Rector, July 25, 2019

Talia Richman in Luke’s episode about UMMS purchase of Health Holly books.  Please add it in here.

Kevin’s crusade to get the footage from the MTA security cameras around Mondawmin

More information on the Public Information Act

Office of the Ombudsman, available to anyone who is having trouble accessing public information: 

Legislation (as of March 18th, the end of the legislative session, legislators did not pass these bills).  MDDC Press Association, with other advocates, will continue to work to pass these bills in the next legislative session

HB 1221 / SB 1029 – Public Information Act – Personnel and Investigatory Records – Complaints Against Law Enforcement Officers

HB 502 / SB590, Public Information Act – Revisions