First, it is important to restate that these bills had unwavering support of the entire City Council and Commissioner Kevin Davis, who said the legislation was needed. Secondly, the bills would have required that the Baltimore Police Department redistrict following each census. This means that there would be no fiscal impact to the city of Baltimore until fiscal year 2021 at the earliest. In addition, the Baltimore Police Department clarified that these bills would not negatively impact the Department of Justice Consent Decree and that, in fact, a staffing study is included in its proposed consent decree budget request. Moreover, it is critically necessary to institute police reform through legislation. Consent decrees are time limited, and the only true way to ensure that reforms live past the life of the consent decree is through legislation. Anyone disputing these truths is engaging in President Donald Trump's new phenomenon of alternative facts.