Have you seen the report? (DOJ Report. Baltimore. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3009376/BPD-Findings-Report-FINAL.pdf)
It concludes: “For the foregoing reasons, the Department of Justice concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that BPD engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the Constitution or federal law. The pattern or practice includes: (1)making unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests; (2)using enforcement strategies that produce severe and unjustified disparities in the rates of stops, searches and arrests of African Americans; (3) using excessive force; and (4) retaliating against people engaging in constitutionally-protected expression. We also identified concerns regarding BPD’s transport of individuals and investigation of sexual assaults. BPD’s failings result from deficient policies, training, oversight, and accountability, and policing strategies that do not engage effectively with the community the Department serves. We are heartened to find both widespreadrecognition of these challenges and strong interest in reform. We look forward to working with the Department, City leadership, and Baltimore’s diverse communities to create lasting reforms that rebuild trust in BPD and ensure that it provides effective, constitutional police services to the people of Baltimore.”
The entire civilized world is discussing the recently released Department of Justice Findings surrounding the Baltimore City Police Department. On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, we will talk with former FBI agent Dr. Tyrone Powers and seek some clarity of what it all means.
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