DOJ Finds Baltimore Police Practices Are Racially Biased

DOJ Finds Baltimore Police Practices Are Racially Biased

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A Justice Department investigation has concluded that Baltimore police routinely stop, search, and even arrest the city’s black residents without provocation, destroying the community’s trust in local law enforcement.

Launched after last year’s unrest following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the investigation reviewed more than six years of records, concluding on Tuesday that Baltimore police make groundless stops and use excessive force, especially in the city’s minority communities.

It found deficiencies in training, policies, and supervision “that fail to equip officers with the tools they need to police effectively and within the bounds of federal law.”

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