police reform

Sessions' Move to Block Reform Just One Example of Policing's Immense Political Power

Sessions’ Move to Block Reform: Just one Example of Policing’s Immense Political Power

November 20, 2018

A last second order signed by the former Attorney General to rollback the DOJ’s police oversight efforts is just one of a myriad of roadblocks to reform in a country where police unions and special laws make holding cops accountable nearly impossible

Is the Baltimore Police Department Out of Control?

August 12, 2018
Residents who witnessed police beating an East Baltimore man say the disturbing images show a department that is not responding to reform efforts or the need to improve relations with the community

Corrupt Gun Unit Shows Why Policing Can’t Be Reformed

February 12, 2018

Dr. Lawrence Brown, professor of public health at Morgan State University, says the new revelations from the Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial make it clear that we must dismantle the current law enforcement system and construct new health-driven models for keeping communities safe

Why Urban Policing Cannot Be Reformed Pt. II: Making the Myth of Black Failure

October 30, 2017

A Real News investigation into intractable corruption in Baltimore explores the cultural and social imperatives that inform police driven narratives of African-Americans from zero tolerance to the ongoing war on drugs

Powerful Police Union Blocks Modest Civilian Oversight Reform

October 19, 2017

A recent contract negotiated by the Baltimore with the police union left out a key provision that would have included a civilian on internal disciplinary boards, a move that has caused concern that long-awaited reform efforts have stalled

The Real Baltimore

September 19, 2017
After Judge James Bredar handpicked a group to monitor the consent decree between the Baltimore Police and the Department of Justice, one of the finalists says community input was ignored, setting a bad precedent going forward

Should the Community Control the Police?

June 27, 2017
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford discusses the recent failed prosecutions of the officers who killed Samuel DuBose, Sylville Smith and Philando Castile

Baltimore Moves Forward on Police Reform Despite Trump Pushback

April 21, 2017

The city announced openings for a civilian oversight board as the commissioner reaffirmed his pledge to reduce the department’s plain clothes deployment by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

Trump Administration Fails to Silence Police Reform Advocates

April 7, 2017

A federal judge in Baltimore brushed aside the Department of Justice’s “grave concerns” about a consent decree between the city and the DOJ allowing residents to weigh-in on policing in their community by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis

Concern Over Trump Rollback of Police Reform Ignores Power of Local Governments

April 4, 2017

Court filings seeking to postpone a critical public hearing on Baltimore’s proposed consent decree detail how the Department of Justice is shifting from police scrutiny to ‘law and order,’ but local officials still have power to implement reforms by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham