The Department of Justice’s 163-page report on the Baltimore City Police Department, released Wednesday, says city police are often racist and sexist, use excessive force, practice retaliation, and engage in unconstitutional stops and arrests, especially of black residents.
The report is damning, though largely unsurprising to many black Americans.
The DOJ report is just a confirmation of what thousands of Baltimore citizens have been trying to tell us in the first damn place
Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) August 10, 2016
The report has been devoured online, with many people pulling specific details that they found stunning or noteworthy.
Here are some of the key passages that highlight problems with the police department.
An us versus them mentality
Sexism and sexual abuse
Unlawful stops and arrests
“…only 17 percent of BPDs rape
cases in 2015 were closed by arrest a rate less than half the national average pic.twitter.com/s2OaPdoAvu
Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 10, 2016
Interrogators fail to subject Baltimore police to tough questioning. And they choose to grill civilian witnesses. pic.twitter.com/4S6JOAYYlu
Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) August 10, 2016
In a press conference to announce the report, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city has already begun implementing some of the reforms the DOJ suggests.
But in a city with no trust between police and the black community, where the charges against officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray were recently dropped, meaningful reform seems little more than a phrase.
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