Former Democratic Senator Has a Meltdown Over Fact Checking Joe Biden
New Testimony Reveals an IRS Contractor Stole Much More Than Trump's Tax Returns
Speaker Johnson Slams Biden for Latest Race Smear of Republicans
Biden Went Off Against the GOP at a Fundraiser, but Do We Believe...
Rashida Tlaib Declares War on Joe Biden
Team Biden Is Losing the Battle on Two Fronts Now
New York Appeals Court Announces Decision on Dems' Non-Citizen Voting Scheme
Former CNN Anchor Announces He's Running for Congress
New Report Reveals Alarming Details About Commander's Attacks on Secret Service Agents
Ted Cruz Reveals Why the Mainstream Media Is Willing to Call Out Joe...
One New York County Makes Bold Move Protecting Women’s Sports
Trump Floated Ron DeSantis As a Possible VP Pick. Here’s How DeSantis Responded.
Wow: Border Patrol Reveals How Many 'Criminal Aliens' Have Been Apprehended at the...
Here's How Control of the Senate Is Looking
Here's Why One Male 'Trans' Athlete Refuses to Compete Against Men

Baltimore Mayor Reveals Changes to Police Force After Damning DOJ Report

The newly released Department of Justice report into its investigation of the Baltimore police force finds the officers guilty of excessive force and discrimination.


The report, the culmination of a yearlong investigation into one of the country's largest police forces, also found that officers make large numbers of stops — mostly in poor, black neighborhoods — with dubious justification and unlawfully arrest citizens for speech deemed disrespectful. Physical force is used unnecessarily, including against the mentally disabled, and black pedestrians and drivers are disproportionately searched during stops, the report says.

The DOJ found that police were stopping black residents at a disproportional rate (84 percent of stops) and routinely performed unconstitutional public strip searches.

The probe comes after a young African American man named Freddie Gray died in police custody last year after failing to be properly secured during police transport. His death sparked violent protests throughout the city and prompted Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby to pursue criminal charges against the officers involved. Most of the officers were acquitted after facing their individual trials until Mosby dropped all charges last month.


Nevertheless, in the wake of the DOJ report, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake revealed some changes the city will be implementing at a press conference on Wednesday. They are now training officers on 26 new policies, she explained, as well as encouraging officers to engage in the community and create a level of transparency. They are also investing in technology to “modernize” the police department. For instance, to prevent another tragic Freddie Gray incident, they are “retrofitting transport vans” to ensure passengers are safe during the drives, as well as adding recording cameras inside the vans.

“We have a very long journey ahead of us and I’m grateful we can begin the process of meaningful change,” Rawlings-Blake said. 

Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Videos