Lawmakers Seek Update On Baltimore Consent Decree Progress

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal lawmakers want an update on the Department of Justice’s negotiations with Baltimore officials on policing reforms.

In a letter sent Monday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh, members of Congress who represent the Baltimore region ask for an update on negotiations and an updated timeline.

They say the goal was to complete the consent decree by Nov. 1 and they’ve heard growing concerns from the community about delays.

The department and Baltimore police agreed to negotiate court-enforceable reforms after an investigation found that Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks and use excessive force. The investigation was launched after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a black man injured in a police van.

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