Mayor Pugh responds to Baltimore Police consent decree approval

Posted at 1:10 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 13:13:16-04

Mayor Catherine Pugh issued a statement saying the city "will continue to move forward" with police reform after a judge approved and entered the Baltimore Police consent decree Friday.

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Pugh's full statement reads:

"With Judge Bredar’s signature on the Baltimore police consent decree, the City of Baltimore will continue to move forward in reforming the Baltimore Police Department and building the bond of trust that must exist between the community and our police officers. Our goal is a stronger police department that fights crime while it serves and protects the civil and constitutional rights of our residents. It will take a collaborative effort among our state and federal partners to achieve our ambitious goals, and I am confident in our mutual commitment to reforms and to the citizens of Baltimore.”    

Judge Bredar denied the Justice Department's final request for a 30-day delay to review and assess the agreement. Bredar's signature was required in order to move the consent decree forward.

Police reforms are now mandated by the federal court.