July 28, 2021 21:55

ACLU Report Exposes Racism in Baltimore PD

A report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland revealed racial disparities in policing across the city and provided a comprehensive list of how many complaints have been filed and sustained against individual officers, reports The Baltimore Sun.  The report, which explored racial disparities among thousands of complaints filed against Baltimore police officers from 2015 to 2019, found that a white resident’s complaint against a Baltimore police officer is 61 percent more likely to be upheld than a Black resident’s; a complaint against a Black officer is almost 44 percent more likely to be sustained than one against a white officer.; and from 2015 through 2019, 137 officers were the subject of 15 or more complaints.

In the wake of the uprising over the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 and the following Justice Department investigation which found the department routinely violated the civil rights of city residents, particularly in Black communities, the report paints a picture of a department still biased against its Black residents who were the victims of 90.7 percent of use-of-force incidents from 2015 to 2019, though that demographic represents about 63 percent of the city’s population.

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