scathing report by the Justice Department revealing that African-American residents in Baltimore are routinely harassed by police and, in many cases, subject to unlawful stops and excessive force. Findings in the 163 page report released Wednesday, detail a list of offenses including the violation of basic civil rights.
Reuter's national correspondent, Ian Simpson.>> The report found that there were longstanding patterns of arrests and harassment of black residents. Including infringement of their constitutional rights to free expression. Arbitrary arrests, generally violating the constitutional rights of mostly poor and black residents of the city of Baltimore.>> Among the DOJ's findings, blacks, who make up 60% of the city's drivers, account for 82% of traffic stops.
And black pedestrians are stopped three times as often as whites. In one case, a black man was stopped 30 times in less than 4 years, but none of the stops resulted in a citation or criminal charge. Vanita Gupta is Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General.>> The problems in Baltimore didn't happen overnight, or appear in a day.
The pattern of practice that we found results from long standing systemic deficiencies in the BPD.>> Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her police chief Kevin Davies, both agreeing to implement more changes as a result of DOJ recommendations.>> The implications is that other police departments in the United States might take a look a page from the Baltimore City Police Department's book and decide to clean up their own acts.
>> The investigation launched after the death of Freddie Gray last year, whose death triggered rioting and protests and fueled the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Six officers were charged in his death, but four trials resulted in no convictions, leading prosecutors to drop their remaining charges last month.