Justice Department releases scathing report on Baltimore police

Police stand in formation as a curfew approaches in Baltimore in April 2015.
Image: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

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 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

Inferior policing

Accountability questions

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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