• charlie hayward

    The consent decree allowed Baltimore to escape being sued by the Feds based on adverse findings in DOJ’s Civil Rights Division’s assessment report. That report and underlying fieldwork were done by DOJ (largely HQ) personnel who excelled at all the nuances of civil rights’ caselaw but lacked policing experience. Conclusions were drawn from anecdotes (i.e. interviews) because the police didn’t keep auditable records and weren’t by law required to do so.

    I’ve always been skeptical (for many reasons) DOJ’s assessment was objective. I don’t think the cops were scapegoated but it’s sometimes hard to tell from a report suffering from obvious methodological shortcomings. It is, however, too bad neither the mayor nor commissioner didn’t (or weren’t able to) challenge any of the report’s conclusions before the report was finalized. Now the city has subjected itself to an open-ended deadline under the heavy hand of the Federal judiciary to implement a set of findings prepared by civil rights counsel who’ve never walked the beat.

    Reinventing police workflows, internal controls, IT systems and the policing culture will be very expensive. I’m surprised the city (and state) are able to bear this cost without Federal grant dollars.

  • Dale McNamee

    Reinventing and reforming black culture so that the excuse of “victimhood” is done away with and self-discipline and responsibility are taught and enforced…

    As I write this ( 01/23 ), there have been 13 homicides for 2018…