Our plenary speaker at LEYM Annual Sessions in 2016, Natalie Finegar, who is in charge of public defence in Baltimore, shared with us her experiences of systemic violation of lower-income and black people’s civil rights by the police there.
A news article from the Associated Press that appeared in The Blade (Toledo, Ohio newspaper) on January 13, 2017, outlines an agreement reached between the city police department and the U.S. Justice Department, which had investiged discriminatory policing practices there after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Intended to correct consitutional violations particularly in poor, black neighborhoods which were identified in a scathing report released last year, the agreement mandates that officers only stop and/or search people for cause, and has them use de-escalation techniques.
Now for the hard work of implementing the changes.
For a UPI article on the same subject, search on “Baltimore agrees to reform police department after damning race report”.