The mayor of Baltimore today called for a Justice Department civil rights investigation into the city’s police department. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made the call today after members of the city council publicly pushed for a probe and argued that there’s a “systemic mistreatment of members of the African-American community” by some Baltimore cops.
Rawlings-Blake held a press conference today and said, “I’m asking the Department of Justice to investigate if our police department has engaged in a pattern or practice of stops, searches or arrests that violate the fourth amendment.”
There’s already a DOJ probe in place into whether Freddie Gray‘s civil rights were violated in his ultimately fatal confrontation with the police; this would be in addition to that.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was in Baltimore yesterday, and met with both Gray’s family and the police. She had words of praise for the police, and a DOJ spokesperson said today she is “actively considering” a civil rights investigation.
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