A detailed 163-page report by the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that Baltimore Police Department has committed widespread civil rights violations.
According to the DOJ report, there were 4 major constitutional violations in Baltimore’s police department:
- Making unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests.
- Using enforcement strategies that produce severe and unjustified disparities in the rates of stops, searches, and arrests of African Americans.
- Using excessive force.
- Retaliating against people engaging in constitutionally-protected expression.
Another alarming fact from the DOJ report was that officers were engaging in sex in exchange for providing victims immunity.
“some officers target members of a vulnerable population—people involved in the sex trade—to coerce sexual favors from them in exchange for avoiding arrest, or for cash or narcotics.”
This is a deeply sickening report to read, and we hope that drastic changes are made at the Baltimore Police Department and police departments throughout the country.