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Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) offering input on the selection of an independent monitor who will oversee the implementation of the January 2017 consent decree between DOJ and Baltimore city officials aimed at remedying findings of widespread and longstanding unlawful policing practices by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The federal court ordered a 30-day comment period during which members of the public can provide feedback on the 26 applicants who are vying for the monitor position.
LDF’s letter outlines five key qualities that the independent monitoring team must possess in order to ensure all reforms are put in place in a timely and sustainable manner, including:
LDF’s letter also proposes that DOJ, BPD, and city officials add a week-long public comment period following the open forum with the five finalists for the monitor position on August 17, so that Baltimoreans can comment on the finalists before the parties make a recommendation to the court. The independent monitor and his or her team will play an essential role in ensuring that the reforms laid out in the agreement are implemented and institutionalized, and it’s vital that Baltimoreans voices are heard as much as possible during the monitor selection process.
Read LDF’s letter to DOJ
Read LDF’s one-page summaries of the 26 applications for the monitor position