Baltimore Police Department

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The civil rights investigation of Baltimore’s police department that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced last week is but one of three federal probes of policing in Baltimore. There’s also the “collaborative review” announced last October and a separate civil rights investigation into the Freddie Gray case.

Gray died of injuries sustained in police custody April 19.  Six officers involved with his detainment were charged in his death May 1.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday morning that the Justice Department will launch a full scale civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department.

The announcement comes days after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested the review and nearly two weeks after violence rocked the city in the aftermath of another in-custody death.

The Justice Department will look into whether city police engage in a “pattern or practice” of violating citizens’ constitutional rights.

Mary Rose Madden

Baltimore police wrapped up yesterday their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray - the 25 year old African American man who died from injuries sustained while in police custody. But the findings weren't released to the public. That disappointed many who have been searching for answers. 

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

City and religious leaders asked for calm Sunday after protests over the death of Freddie Gray that started peacefully Saturday turned violent.

More than two dozen religious leaders joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in a statement asking citizens “to honor and continue [a tradition of peaceful and respectful demonstrations] as we pray for the family of Freddie Gray."

Mary Rose Madden for wypr

No answers yet in the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died Sunday from spinal injuries incurred while in police custody.  Wednesday's protests for Gray were filled with demonstrators chanting, marching, filled with emotion and fury. There were tears of outrage and calls to see Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the streets, standing with the protestors - some of whom prayed for justice, some of whom screamed for answers.  But Thursday's protest at the Western District Police Station seemed to have a different tone.

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Baltimore City officials say they’re starting a new crime fighting strategy Sunday that will reduce overtime and make patrol officers happy: a new schedule. 

Tom Chaulkey

Baltimore finds itself trailing many other cities when it comes to transparent handling of police brutality settlements.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced Monday his department has implemented more than half of the recommendations of a consultant’s report since it was completed a year ago. But he didn’t take a victory lap.

Tom Chalkley

A disturbed and obstreperous hospital patient was physically restrained and then hit with an electronic stun gun repeatedly. The patient, George King, fell into a coma. A week later, he died.

“Natural causes,” according to the state medical examiner. And the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office says the police were not responsible.

For an old police reporter, the report was reminiscent of the arrestee who falls getting in or out of the police wagon. Used to happen all the time – as a way to explain bruises accumulated on the way to the station house.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

A Baltimore City Council committee unanimously sent a proposal requiring police officers to wear body cameras to the full council Tuesday, despite warnings from city lawyers that the bill overstepped the council’s boundaries.

“We’re the legislative body of the City of Baltimore,” insisted City Council President Jack Young. "We’re elected by the citizens of Baltimore and were moving forward with this bill.”

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