Tag Archives: consent decree

Judge: Baltimore is ‘ground zero’ for police reforms

U.S. District Chief Judge James K. Bredar

The Baltimore Police Department might finally be on its way toward implementing reforms required under an agreement it reached with the federal government to end unconstitutionally excessive tactics, the federal judge overseeing the three-year old accord said Thursday. Chief U.S. ...

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Parking company reaches settlement with EEOC over firings


LAZ Parking will pay $155,000 and refrain from discrimination based on national origin under an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC alleged that LAZ Parking, which operates parking lots nationwide, eliminated three long-term employees based on ...

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First consent decree-mandated BPD policies rolled out in practice


The first consent decree-mandated policy changes are in practice on the streets of Baltimore this week, nearly three years after the city and federal government agreed to a lengthy reform process. The Baltimore Police Department announced Tuesday that a group ...

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Pocomoke City to enter consent decree in lawsuit over racial discrimination


The Pocomoke City Police Department will partially resolve ongoing litigation over race discrimination with a consent decree, the ACLU of Maryland announced Thursday. A federal judge is expected to enter judgment against the city on claims of discrimination and retaliation ...

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Harrison wants to reduce workloads, improve morale in BPD

Commissioner Michael Harrison addresses a Greater Baltimore Committee meeting in February, when he was acting commissioner. (Heather Cobun)

Addressing a Baltimore business group Monday morning, Baltimore’s new acting police commissioner said he’s confident the department can be overhauled but stressed the need to reduce officers’ workloads and to establish better systems for training and accountability. Acting Commissioner Michael ...

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Baltimore consent decree case to proceed despite federal shutdown

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar, chief judge of the U.S. District Court of Maryland, sits in his chambers in Baltimore. (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

The federal judge overseeing the Baltimore consent decree refused to postpone deadlines while the U.S. Department of Justice grapples with the government shutdown that began Dec. 21, but work should continue under the department’s contingency plan. Submissions are due this ...

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