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Baltimore in Focus

4/20/17

On April 19, 2015, Freddie Gray, a young African-American man, succumbed to spinal cord injuries he suffered while in the custody of Baltimore City police officers. His was the fifth in-custody death in Baltimore in three years, laying bare the longstanding problem of police violence against people of color in Baltimore and across the nation. 

Since then, the Baltimore community has been unyielding in pushing for lasting policing reform so that Mr. Gray's death will not have been in vain, but the work is far from over. A consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and Baltimore City officials to remedy the Baltimore City Police Department’s long list of unconstitutional practices has been approved, but it won't be enforced without the unflinching dedication of Baltimore residents to hold the DOJ and Baltimore city officials to their committment to enforce the agreement. We urge Baltimore residents and stakeholders to become familiar with the terms of the agreement and serve as individual monitors of it.  Reform won't happen overnight. It must be demanded every day.

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