Tag: department of justice

Davis Tells DOJ Attaching Crime-Fighting Money to Immigration Policy is ‘Step in the Wrong Direction’

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Still via Facebook/Baltimore Police Department

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis responded this week to the U.S. Justice Department’s requests to modify local immigration-detention policies with a basic fact: the State of Maryland runs the city’s jail, not the city government.

Justice Department Skips Baltimore for Crime-Fighting Partnership Tailored Toward Violence-Plagued Cities

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Jeff Sessions at a Trump campaign rally. Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons.

Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s first coordinated federal-state-local partnership to fight crime in America’s most violence-riddled cities. To the surprise of many, Charm City was left off the list.

Maryland’s Own Rod Rosenstein Appoints Special Counsel, Draws Ire of President Trump

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Under pressure from Democratic lawmakers, former Maryland federal prosecutor Rod Rosenstein last night appointed a special attorney to probe Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Needless to say, his boss is not happy, which isn’t good if you’re Rod Rosenstein.

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.

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.

Report Indicates Fewer Excessive Force Complaints Against BPD, But Also Drop in Proportion of Officers Living in City

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The Baltimore Police Department’s newest year-end community policing report shows police had fewer excessive force complaints against officers than than in 2015, but also had reductions in the proportions of officers assigned to neighborhood patrols and living in the city.

Police Union’s Letter to DOJ Airs Grievances About Body Cams, Staffing, Equipment

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Courtesy FOP Lodge 3
Courtesy FOP Lodge 3

The Baltimore Police Department is currently negotiating a consent decree with federal investigators who found the department very much at fault in August. Amid those talks, the union representing city police officers announced yesterday that it sent three investigators a nine-page letter.

Baltimore Reacts to the Zimmerman Verdict

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Baltimore reacted to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin with passionate calls for justice and for peace. Several local faith and community leaders stood with Baltimore Police Comissioner Anthony Batts urging a peaceful reaction to the controversial verdict, even as they made no bones about their own outrage. Empowerment Temple’s Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant even credited the outcome with “the devaluing of black life.”