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Where's the accountability? [Commentary]
Where's the accountability? [Commentary]

Among the many repugnant aspects of the news that Baltimore has spent millions to settle charges of police brutality and civil rights violations, this may be the most troublesome: A clause in the city's settlement agreements prohibits victims from making any public statements. The city pays, but it refuses to admit guilt. If victims talk, the city threatens to claw back half or more of the settlement money. It's hard to avoid concluding that the confidentiality clause is meant to protect those who govern the city rather than those in whose name the city is governed. And in this regard — as, alas, in so many others — Baltimore embodies in an acute form one of the...

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