Baltimore City officials file motion against DOJ consent decree delay

Posted at 7:37 AM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 07:45:27-04

Baltimore City officials filed a motion opposing the consent decree delay.

The filing comes after the Department of Justice asked for 90 days to reevaluate the agreement Baltimore entered with the Obama Administration.

In the motion, the city said the postponement undermines the public’s confidence and trust in the reform process.

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Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the city is still committed to reforming the police department, bringing changes that would hold officers accountable for unconstitutional practices and discrimination, along with mandatory police training, increased transparency and reforms to body-worn camera and taser policies.

So far, five Maryland Democratic congressmen have asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take back his delay request.

Baltimore has already amassed more than $12 million to fulfill the consent decree in the next fiscal year.