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- 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.
In one of her first acts on the job in 2015, U.S. Attorney General
Loretta Lynchcalled for an end toU.S. Department of Justice officials on Friday asked a federal judge to delay an initial court hearing on the terms of a police reform agreement they signed with Baltimore last week, saying they need more time to brief the incoming Trump administration on the proposed consent decree.In his inaugural address Friday, President Donald Trump described a nation in crisis by calling out family poverty, lost jobs, poor education and "the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential."Baltimore police cut their use of Tasers nearly in half in 2016, a year when commanders put new limits on when officers can fire the stun guns, officials said.
The federal judge overseeing the Baltimore Police consent decree is asking Mayor Catherine E. Pugh to appear at a hearing in U.S. District Court next week toA coalition of six Attorneys General, including Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh, is urging the U.S. Senate to reject Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Justice.Mayor Catherine Pugh said Baltimore will get $1 million from a social justice foundation to help pay for police reforms required by the U.S. Department of Justice.After the parade of Senate confirmation hearings last week, the contours of the incoming Trump administration — and how its positions and policies might affect Maryland — are beginning to take shape.The court-enforceable agreement between city officials and the U.S. Department of Justice, approved Thursday, stands to drastically reform policing in Baltimore. It will improve daily interactions between citizens and police officers and ultimately help drive down crime as people become less distrustful of cops and begin to view them as partners in the city's crime fight.Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh's office announced Friday that Maryland will receive $12 million of a $863 million settlement with Moody's over allegations the ratings company misled consumers and investors about its independenceMaryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein is "being considered" for "a top position" within President-elect Donald J. Trump's Justice Department, according to two independent sources.Attorney General Loretta Lynch describes the sweeping Baltimore police reform document she signed Thursday as a "legally biding" deal that will survive a Trump administration. Others aren't so sure.James K. Bredar, the federal judge assigned to oversee and enforce the consent decree struck between the Justice Department and the City of Baltimore, brings an unusual — some say, unusually appropriate — background to the task.Top city officials unanimously approved spending city funding on police reforms agreed to under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. They did so without releasing the agreement, and without specifying how much money would be spent.Baltimore police will be required to improve oversight of sexual assault investigations and give detectives regular training under the consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.The following are the prepared comments delivered by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch at Thursday's news conference announcing a consent decree with the CityCASA: "The consent decree will be a critical tool toward reforming police culture and systems of accountability in Baltimore," said CASA’s ExecutiveBaltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice have concluded months of negotiations over a raft of city policing reforms that will be court enforced as part of a formal consent decree, Mayor Catherine Pugh's office said Wednesday.U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will deliver a speech on community policing at the University of Baltimore School of Law on Thursday, according to the school — putting her in the city just as Department of Justice and city officials have said they would be finalizing a consent decree around police reform.Mayor Catherine Pugh said Monday her administration is close to completing negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice over reforming the Baltimore Police Department.Forensic investigators have relied on their own judgment to distinguish the spotted stains left by flies from the evidence of spattered blood. But a professor at Loyola University Maryland is developing a spray that removes the guesswork.Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Friday that 100 police officers will be reassigned to patrol shifts to help address staffing shortages highlighted by police union officials earlier this week.The Baltimore Police Department is "at the tipping point of being unable to protect the [c]ity and its citizens" because of the severe understaffing of cops assigned to patrol, according to the union that represents rank-and-file officers.A new report out of the Baltimore Police Department shows that there are fewer officers working neighborhood patrols and fewer officers who live in the city, despite officials claims that they are prioritizing both those things.A film titled "Barry" about his search for identity as student at Columbia University is now streaming on Netflix. A two-hour National Geographic documentary on what he did and did not accomplish during his eight years in office debuts Jan. 15. And a Ta-Nehisi Coates essay titled "My President Was Black" is the January/February cover story of The Atlantic.The small girl waving the large butcher's knife was terrifying her mother. But Radiance Pittman's terror quickly turned to panic when her bipolar, 14-year-old daughter stopped threatening to cut herself and started threatening the police officers who had cornered her in the kitchen of her Baltimore home.Federal prosecutors announced a $4.5 million settlement on Wednesday with a defense contractor accused of overcharging the government for IT work at Joint Base Andrews.Police chiefs, criminologists and federal officials are calling for better and more accurate criminal data as the nation grapples with gun violence but fails to keep a simple tally of the total number of people shot across the country each year.A day after securing a second misconduct conviction against former Eastern Shore police officers, Maryland's State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt defended his office from accusations that the case was insignificant and fueled in part by race discrimination complaints made by the officers.Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said Tuesday she has set a goal to complete negotiations with the Department of Justice over reforming Baltimore's police department before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes over.Baltimore activists gathered Monday to brainstorm ways to pressure Baltimore's elected officials to sign a consent decree on police reform with the U.S. Justice Department before President Barack Obama leaves office next month.Since 2016 began, the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office has handled more than 350 cases marked as special victims or domestic-related. That shocking number averages more than one domestic violence case each day, and is up nearly 35 percent versus a year ago.Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday that she is hopeful that Department of Justice and Baltimore officials will agree to a consent decree governing police reform within the next month — but that reaching a deal depends on continued cooperation and good faith negotiations.U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is set to announce today that he will run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, potentially taking himself out of the speculative mix of candidates considering the Maryland governor's race in 2018.
The morning after Baltimore crossed 300 homicide victims for the second consecutive year, the city's top prosecutor and police commissioner met with a groupMayor Catherine E. Pugh affirmed her support Wednesday for ongoing negotiations between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice to lock in police reforms. But the new mayor said she does not want Baltimore to be forced to pay twice for changes already in place.