Related Case or Issue: Policing Reform Campaign

Read a PDF of our statement here.

This morning, the federal judge overseeing the policing reform agreement between the city of Baltimore, the Baltimore Police Department, and the U.S. Justice Department approved the proposed independent monitor team tasked with ensuring the city’s compliance with the consent decree. Monique Dixon, Deputy Director of Policy and Senior Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) issued the following statement in response:

“We remain concerned about the strong law enforcement presence on the monitoring team – particularly as compared to other teams assembled in Seattle and Cleveland – but it’s long past time for city officials to begin implementing the policing reforms outlined in the agreement. LDF will continue to be a resource for Baltimore residents and will help make sure that the people who will be directly impacted by the 227-page consent decree understand exactly what that document requires. Baltimoreans must continue to be empowered to engage the parties, the independent monitor, and the court effectively throughout this process so that their views, concerns, and suggestions remain central as the city works to implement the terms of the agreement.”