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The Baltimore Police Department has a long history of corruption and corrosive community relations

The Baltimore Police Department has a long history of corruption and corrosive community relations

The Justice Department’s scathing 2016 report found that “Through all levels of the Baltimore Police Department, from members of command staff down to officers on the street, the Department has not implemented fundamental principles of community policing.” This “us versus them” culture between the BPD and the city’s African American communities is hardly new, however. It has existed for more than half a century.

In 1964, police officers terrorized African American residents in more than 200 homes with illegal searches for the notorious Veney brothers, who wounded one officer and killed another after a Christmas Eve liquor store holdup. Cops dubbed their searches “Superman...

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