Tag: consent decree

Help Decide Who Will Monitor Police Reform in Baltimore at Two Community Hearings Next Week

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City residents will have two chances to chime in next week about who will make the best overseer of court-ordered police reform in Baltimore for the next few years.

City to Start Reimbursing Residents for in-Home Sewage Backups Under Renegotiated Sewer Plan

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Waste “digesters” at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore officials today approved a $1.6 billion update to the city’s existing consent decree, realigning the city’s goals and deadlines for fixing its troubled sewage system. Among the changes: the city plans to finally start paying you back when you have to scramble to clean up putrid overflows into your pipes or basement.

Public Asked to Chime in on Police Consent Decree Monitor Applications

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Photo via Mayor’s Office

The applications are in for the position of independent consent decree monitor, which will oversee wide-reaching, court-ordered police reform in the city. Now, officials need the public’s help in combing through the pile.

Five of Six Officers involved in Freddie Gray’s Death Reportedly Face Internal Charges

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From left, top: Officers Caesar Goodson, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller. From left, bottom: Officer William Porter, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White. (All but Port face internal charges.)

Five members of the Baltimore Police Department who were charged and later acquitted in the 2015 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray are now facing internal police charges, with three of them potentially staring down termination.

Federal Judge Signs Off on Court-Ordered Reforms for Baltimore Police Department

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It’s official: The Baltimore Police Department is now bound by court order to overhaul a broad range of its investigative practices and departmental policies.

Judge James Bredar of the U.S. District Court of Maryland today approved the 227-page agreement negotiated between city and federal attorneys this past fall and winter. In an official order, Bredar declined the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for additional time to review it, as requested on Thursday during a public hearing.

Judge Denies DOJ’s Impromptu Request to Delay Baltimore Police Consent Decree Hearing

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A public hearing about a consent decree that would require the Baltimore Police Department to undertake sweeping new reforms will go on as planned, a federal judge in Baltimore ruled on Wednesday.

Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department Requests Three More Months to Review Baltimore Police Consent Decree

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Former Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., at a Trump campaign rally. Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons.

After months of negotiations, public input and fine-tuning by lawyers and a federal judge, the fate of a consent decree for the Baltimore Police Department now hangs in the balance due to a review called for by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

City Prosecutors to Begin Explaining Decisions Not to Charge Police for Use of Force

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Prosecutors in Baltimore have made a move that should please advocates of increased transparency in investigations of cases involving use of force by police officers.

Federal Judge Requests Public Input on Police Consent Decree

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge wants members of the public to chime in before he signs off on the the much-deliberated consent decree containing required reform measure for the Baltimore Police Department.