I Think I See Drugs!
Maybe now isn’t the time to end the Department of Justice consent decree with the Baltimore Police Department?
Back in April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of all of DOJ’s consent decrees with police departments nationwide.
Still, only a federal judge can make the final decision to terminate such an agreement. Which is a good thing, since body cam footage keeps emerging that seems to show Baltimore cops planting drug evidence in suspects’ homes and cars.
The best explanation Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis can come up with: "It's certainly a possibility that we're looking into to see if the officers in fact replaced drugs that they had already discovered in order to document their discovery with their body-worn cameras on.”
More than 100 Baltimore cases involving the same three officers have now been dismissed or are under review.
How to help Baltimore police keep their body cameras rolling
See the full catalogue of racial bias and unconstitutional practices that the federal government uncovered in the Baltimore police department, in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
Connect with and support the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, whose leader Vanita Gupta previously led the Obama Administration's DOJ Civil Rights Division, and who negotiated the consent decree at the request of the Baltimore police department.
Urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice (202.353.1555) to leave the consent decrees intact.