Published: Mon, August 15, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Baltimore Police Death-Justice Department

Baltimore Police Death-Justice Department

A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report said on Wednesday discriminatory practices against the African-American communities had long existed among police forces in Baltimore, Maryland.

The pattern-or-practice investigation into Baltimore police began in May 2015, the month after the in-custody death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis confirmed that six officers were fired for violations following a scathing report from the federal government that condemned the department for racial discrimination and routinely violating citizens' constitutional rights with unlawful stops and excessive force.

"The police department's "zero tolerance" street enforcement strategy became a quest to produce large numbers of enforcement actions - pedestrian stops in particular - often without enough consideration of their limited impact on solving crime and their caustic damage to community relationships", Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, said at a news conference. But the Rev. Cortly "C.D".

The DOJ's report was 164-pages long, single spaced.

The court-enforceable decree will mandate that the department must commit to improving its procedures or face a lawsuit.

The Justice Department launched the civil rights investigation a year ago after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody.

In other words, according to the 163-page Justice Department report: "The relationship between the Baltimore Police Department and numerous communities it serves is broken".

In his own remarks, Davis assuaged his officers by clarifying that this is not a condemnation of the whole department, but the "bad behaviors by a relatively small number of police officers over many, many years".

Federal investigators interviewed Baltimore residents, police officers, prosecutors, public defenders and elected officials, rode along with police on duty and reviewed documents and complaints.

Lori released the following statement August 10, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice report on the Baltimore City Police Department.

"The FOP is prepared to continue to demand the reforms we called for in our 2012 Blueprint for Improved Policing that is cited in the Department of Justice's findings".

"It's undoubtedly a tough moment, but a moment we will be able to reflect upon in the future and know that this was a turning point for better policing, not just in Baltimore, but in our United States", he said.

"We can't come out of our doors without being harassed", she says. According to his autopsy, his injuries were most likely a result of unnecessary police violence.

The report said police had made more than 300,000 recorded pedestrian stops from January 2010 to May a year ago in the city of about 621,000 people, mostly in black neighborhoods. One African-American man was stopped 30 times in less than four years, with none of the stops resulting in a citation or criminal charges.

Gupta says that each police department the DoJ has investigated has unique challenges.

"They only put out there what they want to put just to get the votes and get what they need to get in, and once they get in, they don't care", Ross said.

".Policing that violates the Constitution or federal law severely undermines community trust".

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blake announced that the police department would implement 26 policies toward reform, and that the department was actively looking to build "constructive citizen inclusion" into the department's process for reviewing police misconduct. This decree would assign an objective, third-party team to oversee the implementation of the necessary changes throughout the police department.

A report released by the Department of Justice today states that blacks in Baltimore, located less than an hour from our nation's capital in Washington, account for roughly 84 percent of all stops.

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