Despite the opposition of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a federal judge in Baltimore on Friday locked in place a consent decree between the city's police force and the Department of Justice. The Justice Department's investigation, after an officer's fatal shooting of a Native American woodcarver in 2010, found officers had been too quick to be physical, especially in low-intensity encounters.
"Time is of the essence", Bredar said, as he announced he had approved the decree over the objections of the new Department of Justice. The agreement was reached during the final days of the Obama administration. He says his office unsuccessfully sought internal affairs records from the State's Attorney's Office for two officers a week before they were federally indicted for fraud and abuses.
"We maintain our request for additional time to conduct the review and assessment of the consent decree", Gore said for Justice Department.
In addition to the sweeping review, Sessions specifically targeted a "consent decree" that the Obama-era DOJ issued to the Baltimore Police Department after the killing of Freddie Gray in 2015.
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Sessions also argues that law enforcement is and should remain a local matter, and so it should - but the local view in Baltimore and many other cities is that outside help is needed in order for the local department to function properly.
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"When we negotiated this consent decree over several months, we designed it, we created it to be consistent, that these interests both for strengthening our police department and the fight against crime and fostering civil rights to be consistent and synergistic", Ralph said. An agreement negotiated under the Obama administration to overhaul the troubled Baltimore Police Department will go ahead despite objections from the Trump administration.
"As Judge Bredar noted, Baltimore can not flourish without effective and lawful policing, and this consent decree represents the first step towards that reality", NAACP LDF president and director-counsel Sherrilyn Ifill said in a statement released Friday. Obviously we are going to do everything we can to push it down the road that more accurately reflects the idea of being accountable to community.
"The consent decree needs to be passed for us to feel that we can call on the (Baltimore police) without them making us the criminals when we are the victims", she said.
Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis have vowed to press on with police reform regardless of what happens with the consent decree. In 1997, city police were placed under a consent decree for problems ranging from excessive force and false arrests to illegal searches and lax officer discipline. These credentials, along with his work experience, are all the powers that be need to know that he'll rule in favor of the decree once the niceties of the public hearing are dispensed with.
Have we so soon forgotten the Gestapo or the KGB, both national police agencies, that terrorized the citizens of Germany and Russian Federation and led to the imprisonment and deaths of tens thousands of innocent men and women?