Annapolis, MD – Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation that would prohibit law enforcement officers from giving “rough rides” to prisoners, meant to hurt them during transport.

A bill proposed in the General Assembly would require all prisoners to be secured with a seat belt while being transported, a precaution proponents say could have prevented the mortal injury Freddie Gray suffered while handcuffed and shackled but unbelted in the back of a Baltimore police van last April.