The Baltimore police department has a running start on the reforms mandated by the recent DOJ consent decree, Sam Walker told the Baltimore Sun. Walker identified five important areas in the consent decree where the Baltimore police department had already begun to implement the reforms. They include stops, searches, and arrests (p. 11); impartial policing (p. 30); use of force (p. 42); transportation of persons in custody (p. 76); and First Amendment Protected Activities (p. 81). With respect to use of force, for example, the consent decree stated that “BPD has recently implemented improved policies regarding officers’ uses of force, and force reporting.” With regard to stops, the consent decree stated that “BPD has recently implemented revised policies regarding Stops, Searches, Arrests, and Voluntary Police-Community Interactions.” Walker argued that these actions indicate that the Baltimore police department has already made a commitment to reform, and as a consequence will not experience the shock and learning curve that other departments have experienced with a consent decree.

Read the Baltimore Sun story: Balt Consent Decree Jan2017