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Freddie Gray family’s $6.4M settlement remains unique in police misconduct cases

After a summer of combative court filings, the case against the six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray will begin moving forward in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Wednesday with the first of two pretrial motions hearings scheduled over the course of eight days. (File photo)

In the two years since Baltimore city approved a $6.4 million settlement with Freddie Gray’s family, the agreement remains an outlier in settlements over police misconduct. Baltimore has spent more than $1.8 million settling police lawsuits in 2017, putting the ...

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Judge chooses monitor to oversee Baltimore police reforms

Kenneth Thompson Thompson, a partner with Venable LLP, was chosen to serve as the monitor overseeing implementation of the consent decree the city of Baltimore and its police department entered with the U.S. Department of Justice this year in part because of his “deep ties to a wide swath of the Baltimore community” and is “a seasoned litigator” with “an impeccable record in the community.” (File photo)

A federal judge Monday appointed Baltimore native and Venable LLP partner Kenneth L. Thompson to serve as the monitor overseeing implementation of the consent decree the city and its police department entered with the U.S. Department of Justice this year. ...

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Civil rights group critical of Baltimore monitoring team

In this March 31, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Police Department Officer Jordan Distance stands on a street corner during a foot patrol in Baltimore. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is asking for a more diverse monitoring team to oversee an agreement to overhaul Baltimore’s troubled police department. The Baltimore Sun reports the legal organization expressed concern that nine members of the proposed ...

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DOJ won’t bring charges against officers in Freddie Gray case

From top row, left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, the six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)

The U.S. Department of Justice won’t bring federal charges against six police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in Baltimore. The officers ...

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4th Circuit schedules December arguments in Mosby immunity case

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled oral arguments in December for Marilyn Mosby’s appeal of her immunity from suit by the Baltimore City Police officers prosecuted after Freddie Gray’s death. The appellate court, which frequently decides ...

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One year later, DOJ report is not a player in police lawsuits

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks Thursday at a news conference announcing the settlement and consent decree between Baltimore and the Department of Justice. Lynch called Baltimore “a city of passionate and determined people” and asks for passion to be brought to the process. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

When the U.S. Department of Justice issued a lengthy report on unconstitutional policing practices in Baltimore city, plaintiff’s attorneys were anxious to find ways to reference the findings in civil litigation against police. More than a year later, however, lawyers ...

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OSI grants $300K for consent decree compliance positions for Baltimore police

In this March 31, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Police Department Officer Jordan Distance stands on a street corner during a foot patrol in Baltimore. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Open Society Institute-Baltimore provided a $300,000 grant to the Baltimore Police Department for two staff positions that will help the department meet its obligations under the federal consent decree. The grant will pay for an organizational development adviser, who will assist ...

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Baltimore city, police seek dismissal of lawsuit over ’15 riots

Workers board up the burnt-out DTLR store on Pennsylvania Avenue on April 28, 2015, the morning after the riots in Baltimore. Baltimore city, the Baltimore Police Department and the state are all seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought by local businesses alleging the defendants failed to properly respond to the unrest. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Baltimore city, the Baltimore Police Department and the state are all seeking dismissal of a 264-count complaint by local businesses alleging officials failed to properly respond to the 2015 riots. The Baltimore city defendants, in court filings, have supported the ...

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