Baltimore Police Department

Baltimore police to tackle deep, systemic failures

The scathing findings of a federal investigation into Baltimore police practices after the death of a shackled man in a transport van and the court-enforceable agreement to improve policing in the city speak to much broader failures rooted in the culture of the long-troubled agency.

The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore force after Freddie Gray's death in April 2015. Its report last August found that officers routinely stopped large numbers of people in poor, black neighborhoods for dubious reasons and unlawfully arrested residents merely for speaking out in ways police deemed disrespectful.

The report and agreement approved Thursday acknowledged what many...

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