An attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice said in federal court in Baltimore on Thursday that the department has "grave concerns" about its proposed consent decree with the city and whether it will improve public safety, and needs more time to assess it.
April 6, 2017
While BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said the department already trains officers in the practices announced by the administration, he agreed that writing them into policy was necessary to ensure that officers who do not follow them can be punished.
February 6, 2017
On Thursday, when Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a legally binding consent decree enforcing police reforms, she praised city officials for never balking at the investigation's findings.
January 23, 2017
It discourages the arrests of citizens for quality of life offenses, requiring a supervisor to sign off on any request to take someone into custody for a minor infraction, and also mandates basic training for making stops and searches.
January 12, 2017
Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached an agreement on city policing reforms as part of a formal consent decree, which is now slated to be approved by the city's spending panel on Thursday.
January 11, 2017
The Baltimore Police Department is requiring all of its officers to go through 80 hours of in-service training this year, twice as many hours as last year, Commissioner Kevin Davis said on Tuesday.
January 11, 2017
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday that she is hopeful Department of Justice and Baltimore officials will agree to a consent decree governing police reform within the next month — and before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office — but that reaching a deal depends on continued cooperation and good faith negotiations on the part of the city.
December 15, 2016
The Monday afternoon "training" at the Duluth Police Department — which gave clergy members from across metro Atlanta a crack at the same state-of-the-art, "shoot or don't shoot" simulator many real-life officers train with — was part of a new initiative called "One Congregation One Precinct."
September 20, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal proposed Thursday a 20% pay increase for state law enforcement officers and an overhaul of police training to include more courses on use of force and community policing.
September 12, 2016
Harrison says the NOPD is well on its way to complying with the federal consent decree, and Baltimore Police hope they can do the same. They'll tour the training facility and look at what the NOPD calls better supervision practices and reforms.
August 24, 2016
Implementing changes is costly. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said other big police departments have spent between $5 million and $10 million a year to impose fixes, and she anticipates a similar bill for Baltimore.
August 11, 2016
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wants to relax a hiring policy for police officers in Maryland that disqualifies applicants for past marijuana use, saying it is "fundamentally inconsistent with where we are as a society" and hurts local hiring efforts.
July 22, 2016
A northeastern Alabama police chief has been found guilty on charges of using excessive force and assaulting a man who was being arrested.
July 15, 2016
The Baltimore Police Department plans to implement a new use-of-force policy Friday that emphasizes the "sanctity of life," stresses de-escalation and requires officers to intervene if they see a fellow cop crossing the line.
June 30, 2016
The decision applies in the five states in the 4th Circuit. The N.C. Justice Academy advised law enforcement agencies to revise their Taser policies to comply.
January 15, 2016