Saturday, October 4, 2014
"Brutality Cases Call For Federal Probe Into Baltimore Police Department"
Baltimore's city council and mayor hope the DOJ will review a slue of police brutality claims that continue to cost the city millions of dollars. As Baltimore's local CBS affiliate reports:
Commissioner [Anthony] Batts’ request for a full review by the Department of Justice comes after multiple videos of police brutality surfaced –including one from June, showing an officer brutally beating a man at a bus stop.
The [Baltimore] Sun’s investigations also revealed more than 100 people have won settlements that along with legal fees cost city taxpayers $11.5 million over the years.
“We know there are a few of us who are not in alignment with the philosophy I have set forth for this police agency,” Batts said.
Mayor Rawlings-Bblake says it’s clear the changes are necessary and that a full review by the federal governments into their policies and procedures will help put the past behind them and benefit the entire city.
The Baltimore Sun's full report on the prevalence of claims of police brutatily there can be found here.