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  • Excerpts from the Department of Justice report on the Baltimore Police Department

    Excerpts from the Department of Justice report on the Baltimore Police Department

    The Department of Justice issued a rebuke of the Baltimore Police Department Wednesday, releasing a 163-page report that accuses the department of discrimination, excessive use of force, and other violations of federal law. Below are headers and excerpts from that report. Racial Disparities in...

  • What they said: Baltimore reacts to DOJ report

    What they said: Baltimore reacts to DOJ report

    Baltimore has been given a road map to reform by the Department of Justice, and Wednesday morning, city officials began reacting to the DOJ report's findings. Here's a smattering of those reactions. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake "Today marks an important step on our path to reform.  With the release...

  • Hogan: 'I haven't seen' DOJ report on civil rights violations by Baltimore police

    Hogan: 'I haven't seen' DOJ report on civil rights violations by Baltimore police

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday declined to comment on the substance of a scathing Justice Department report that alleged systemic civil rights violations by the Baltimore Police Department, telling reporters "I haven't seen the report." "I haven't yet had a chance to read through the DOJ...

  • Baltimore mayor following DOJ report release: 'We have to heal our city'

    Baltimore mayor following DOJ report release: 'We have to heal our city'

    Baltimore police routinely violated the constitutional rights of residents by conducting unlawful stops and using excessive force, according to the findings of a long-anticipated Justice Department probe released Wednesday. The practices overwhelmingly affected the city's black residents in low-income...

  • Z on TV: City leaders can't blame the media for image-crushing DOJ report

    Z on TV: City leaders can't blame the media for image-crushing DOJ report

    For years, Baltimore civic leaders have been blaming the media for the city’s troubled image. One of the favorite refrains when police practices were questioned was to use the metaphor of a few “bad apples” to suggest the media were emphasizing the negative exceptions to the positive norm, giving...

  • DOJ report starts years of costly reform efforts in Baltimore

    DOJ report starts years of costly reform efforts in Baltimore

    The conclusion by the Justice Department that the Baltimore Police Department routinely violated people's civil rights begins a reform effort that is expected to take years and cost tens of millions of dollars. Federal and city officials said Wednesday that they have reached the outlines of what...

  • O'Malley: DOJ report doesn't take his Baltimore reforms into account

    O'Malley: DOJ report doesn't take his Baltimore reforms into account

    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley sidestepped questions Wednesday about his policing strategy during his time as mayor of Baltimore, a day after the U.S. Department of Justice delivered a blistering critique of the "zero tolerance" policies he adopted to quell spiraling violence in the city...

  • Justice Department report: Baltimore police routinely violated civil rights

    Justice Department report: Baltimore police routinely violated civil rights

    Baltimore police routinely violated the constitutional rights of residents by conducting unlawful stops and using excessive force, according to the findings of a long-anticipated Justice Department probe to be released Wednesday. The practices overwhelmingly affected the city's black residents...

  • Federal police investigations part of Obama legacy

    Federal police investigations part of Obama legacy

    President Barack Obama has vowed to push for criminal justice reform in his final months in office. But analysts say his Justice Department has already made a legacy-defining imprint on policing. Relying on a sweeping federal law drafted 22 years ago by then-Sen. Joe Biden, the Obama administration...

  • Davis gets a jump on DOJ report with Cagle case

    Davis gets a jump on DOJ report with Cagle case

    Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby made nice at a joint news conference this week, praising two officers who testified for the state in the recent criminal prosecution of a fellow officer, Wesley Cagle. Intriguing optics, interesting rhetoric....

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