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>> A scathing report by the Justice Department revealing that African America residents in Baltimore are routinely harassed by Baltimore police. Subject to unlawful stops and excessive force. The 163-page report released Wednesday. The result of an investigation launched after the death of Freddie Gray in April, 2015 at the insistence of Baltimore's mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
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>> The findings are challenging to hear. But let me be clear. I never sugarcoat our problems, nor will I run away from our most pressing challenges.>> Among it'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.
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In one case a black man was stopped 30 times in less than four years by police. But none of the stops resulted in a citation or criminal charge. Baltimore police also found to engage in a pattern of using excessive force when dealing with juveniles and those with mental health disabilities.
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>> The problems in Baltimore didn't happen overnight. Or appear in a day. The pattern of practice that we found results from longstanding systemic deficiencies in the BPD.>> Gray's death last year triggering rioting and protests, fueling the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Six officers were charged in Gray's death.
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But four trials resulted in no convictions. Leading prosecutor's to drop the remaining charges last month. Baltimore's Mayor saying the reforms recommended in Wednesday's report will be implemented as quickly as possible.