The magnitude of the unconstitutional stopping, searching and harrassing of African American people in Baltimore documented by the U.S. Justice Department last week was, even for those who have experienced it for generations, breathtaking.
All the patterns and abuses decried for years (and, to be honest, that were cited in a raft of previous reports) were laid out by the federal government in 163 data-rich pages – this time destined to become a legally-binding consent decree overseen by an independent monitor:
We hope these info-graphics make the report more accessible and invite readers to dive deeper, as the big question looms – what needs to happen next to make city law enforcement more effective, more just and truly accountable to the community it serves?
Links & Resources
Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (August 10, 2016)
BPD Agreement in Principle (August 10, 2016)
Email contact for citizen input on the Consent Decree