About 50 speak at Baltimore police hearing

Posted at 3:37 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 15:37:01-04

About 50 Baltimore residents testified at an hours-long public hearing on a proposed agreement between the city and the Justice Department to overhaul the city's police force.

Nearly all residents voiced their support Thursday for the agreement, and urged U.S. District Judge James Bredar to sign off on it.

Justice Department attorney John Gore asked the judge to delay approving the consent decree to give new leadership time to review and assess whether the agreement would hinder efforts to fight violent crime. Baltimore officials say they don't want any delays.

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The judge hasn't given any indication on when he will decide about agreement

After the hearing, the judge praised those who testified for being respectful and said he hoped it would be a model of how the city continues to relate to each other in confronting some very challenging circumstances.