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Community advocate joins Baltimore police monitoring team

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, a patch depicting the Baltimore Police Department seal is seen on Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle's uniform as he speaks at a news conference in Baltimore. The city has been casting for its fourth police leader in a year while the flailing department faces pressure to bring down violent crime levels that are among the nation's worst. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, a patch depicting the Baltimore Police Department seal is seen on Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle’s uniform as he speaks at a news conference in Baltimore. The city has been casting for its fourth police leader in a year while the flailing department faces pressure to bring down violent crime levels that are among the nation’s worst. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Baltimore has a new lead community liaison for the monitoring team overseeing the federal consent decree mandating the reform of the city’s police department.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Ray Kelly has been named the interim executive director of the Baltimore Community Mediation Center, a nonprofit chosen by the city and U.S. Department of Justice to join the monitoring team.

Kelly previously led the No Boundaries Coalition of Central West Baltimore and advocated for constitutional policing reforms. He’s a resident of Sandtown-Winchester, the vulnerable neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested in 2015. Gray’s death in police custody sparked riots that led to a Justice Department investigation that found widespread unconstitutional and discriminatory policing in Baltimore.

Kelly says his new role is “an opportunity to further the community’s influence.”


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