The Baltimore members of the Maryland House of Delegates have voted in favor of a bill that would permit Johns Hopkins University to have an armed police force. The delegation voted after U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings told the panel he was "begging" them to do something about city violence.
A federal judge has denied a request by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to intervene in the consent decree case between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice, expressing confidence that the federal government will honor the police reform deal he approved Friday.
Although U.S. District Court Judge Bredar ultimately signed the consent decree between the DOJ and Baltimore officials Friday, formalizing the process of overhauling the city's police department, the work of the people is not yet done. They must continue their vigilance, particularly now that the Justice Department, under Donald Trump, has signaled its reluctance to do its part.
On President Barack Obama's last full day in office, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it would conduct a sweeping review of Maryland's transport policies to determine whether they violate federal civil rights rules.