Jerry Sandusky

Baltimore civil rights monitor applications present a choice: Local knowledge or national expertise

Baltimore civil rights monitor applications present a choice: Local knowledge or national expertise

The more than two dozen teams vying to monitor the court-ordered civil rights reforms at the Baltimore Police Department give the city a choice of two different paths: drawing on people with deep local knowledge or hiring a group with a track record in other big cities.

The city this week gave The Baltimore Sun the full applications of the groups seeking to take on the multimillion-dollar project. Some run to hundreds of pages laying out plans to oversee the reforms negotiated by city officials and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Many of the applications were led by prominent local figures. But others were submitted by out-of-town consulting companies and law firms. Monitors...

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