The relationship between Baltimore residents and their police force is "broken," according to a new U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report that details a pattern and practice of racial discrimination in the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).
A horrific chronicle indeed!
Response is about the same as when they exposed the House of Torture in Chicago.
Everyone Knows....The Questions is...Whatcha gonna Do?
So far....Not Enough !!!
Here's my "favorite" paragraph from the article: "As the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday, the BPD is now expected 'to launch a reform process that is likely to take years and cost tens of millions of dollars.'" Most especially "favored" is "and cost tens of millions of dollars." So, what we find is right wing idolization of the police, in combination with right wing despising of government spending, come into conflict. Idolize the police, and it's going to cost you. But, wait a minute, African Americans compose 64.3% of the population of Baltimore. So, from whom's pocket need the "tens of millions of dollars" come? Why, presumably, largely from the African American population of Baltimore, the very "residents" whose "constitutional rights" are "routinely violated" by the "Baltimore police". Now needed is data on the percentage of "Baltimore police" who do not live in the city and, thus, need not contribute to payment of the "tens of millions of dollars" necessary to compensate for their behavior. How's this for a new meaning of "double jeopardy", a twisted world into which the African American population of Baltimore has been cast?
It's a damn shame that the DOJ had to conduct a study to prove what the anecdotal evidence has been saying for years. Of course these findings are similar to findings in studies of police practice in other cities like Ferguson and Cleveland. Racialized policing and enforcement practices, and misuse of force including sexual abuse and the illegal strip search of a female driver in public is the tip of the iceberg.
The empirical evidence indicates that race has both a direct effect and an interactional effect on criminal justice decision making. For example, following arrest bail decisions, often a pivotal point in the process, may consider both legal and extra-legal factors in bail decisions. Legal factors include prior criminal history, the strength of the state's case, the seriousness of the offense, and others. Extra-legal factors tend to include employment status, residential stability, family status, and community ties. In an analysis holding legal variables constant across racial categories race interacts with extra-legal variables and becomes a predictor of bail decisions. In other words, a structural effect becomes and institutional or systemic effect. In short the racialized policing highlighted in this study tends to have a snowball effect on decisions throught out the criminal INjustice system. And to add insult to injury the taxpayer is on the hook to pay for the resolution.