Group Wants Baltimore Consent Decree to End ‘Stop And Frisk’

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore legal support group says a consent decree between city police and the Department of Justice should include an end to stop-and-frisk practices and changes to the department’s use of force policies.

The Baltimore Action Legal Team released a list of recommendations Monday.  The team is also making recommendations that apply specifically to young people, including ending the youth curfew, disbanding the city’s school police force and banning questioning of children by police without an attorney present.

The Justice Department and Baltimore police agreed to negotiate court-enforceable reforms after a federal report criticized officers for using excessive force and routinely discriminating against blacks. The Justice Department launched an investigation of the police agency after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man injured in a police van.

(Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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