NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted a comment letter in response to revised policies introduced by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). In the letter to the BPD Monitoring Team outlined recommendations to address a range of policies, from the handling of rape and sexual assault cases to warrantless arrest procedures and probable cause standards.

Key recommendations include:

  • Strengthen the provisions of Policy 708, Rape and Sexual Assault, to ensure the elimination of gender bias in investigations of these crimes
  • Clarify further when search and seizure warrants are appropriate and lawful
  • Include special considerations for vulnerable communities, including teenagers and people living with disabilities, in the strip and body cavity searches policy 

Read the full letter here.