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    Baltimore Police fail to police themselves, Justice Department finds

    The Baltimore Police Department's ability to root out officer misconduct has been "plagued by systemic failures" for years and may have allowed officers to commit crimes without being investigated or punished, the U.S. Justice Department found in a sweeping civil rights investigation. Police discouraged...

  • Kevin Davis pledges to reform Baltimore police under next administration: 'It's an opportunity to get better'

    Kevin Davis pledges to reform Baltimore police under next administration: 'It's an opportunity to get better'

    State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh — Baltimore's Democratic nominee for mayor — said Wednesday she wants Commissioner Kevin Davis to lead city police through the years-long process of reforming the embattled agency. Pugh said Davis has demonstrated a willingness and ability to improve the department,...

  • Baltimore police's problems are more than a few bad apples

    Baltimore police's problems are more than a few bad apples

    When Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis stood before the cameras this morning to discuss the Department of Justice's exhaustive documentation of the Baltimore Police Department's blatantly unconstitutional and racially discriminatory practices, their message was,...

  • Breaking through a 'Stop Snitching' police culture

    Breaking through a 'Stop Snitching' police culture

    In its report on the Baltimore Police Department, the Department of Justice describes an internal culture of intimidation and retaliation that conjures memories of the widely condemned "Stop Snitching" campaign that drug dealers launched a dozen years ago to intimidate potential police informants....

  • Justice Department plumbed emails, arrest reports, interviews and observations

    Justice Department plumbed emails, arrest reports, interviews and observations

    Over the past 14 months, federal attorneys and investigators have collected three years of internal Baltimore Police Department emails and 10,000 reports on citizen stops, conducted 110 interviews and ridden with officers on patrol three dozen times. A number of Baltimore Police Department staffers...

  • 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...

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