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Meredith Curtis Goode, ACLU of Maryland, 443-310-9946;

December 22, 2020

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Carl O. Snowden, who in 2012 joined with the ACLU of Maryland to challenge former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold’s use of on-duty executive protection officers to compile dossiers of information on his perceived alleged "enemies," today lauded Acting Police Chief William Lowry for authorizing a more thorough investigation of what happened and for enacting specific reforms to keep it from happening again.

The following can be attributed to Carl O. Snowden:

“The civil rights and civil rights abuses that occurred under the Leopold Administration were an indication of why it is important that the proper oversight of law enforcement take place. Mr. Leopold's conduct and actions were a travesty as indicated by Chief Lowery. It is my hope that the reforms that the Anne Arundel County Police Department has put in place ensures that no other citizen will be subject to the illicit surveillance that I was subject to. Having now experienced having illegal dossiers maintained on me by both the FBI and the County Police, I am more determined than ever to make sure that the civil rights and liberties of all citizens are both respected and protected.”

Learn more about the 2012 case, ACLU v. Leopold.