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BPD having tough time restoring public confidence

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Posted at 7:00 AM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 07:00:53-04

   BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Police Department is having a tough time restoring public confidence in the troubled agency.

The city is on pace to break its decades-old murder record and the body camera program that was rolled out to increase transparency has fueled allegations of misconduct after a pair of problematic videos recently surfaced.

The videos come about two years after the death of a young black man in police custody thrust the department into turmoil and set off unrest throughout the city. Freddie Gray's death led to the firing of the police chief, a U.S. Justice Department investigation that found longstanding patterns of discrimination and abuse, and a court-enforceable order to change.