Today, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar denied the request of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) to intervene in the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) review of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) on behalf of Community Churches for Community Development (CCCD), a Maryland non-profit working to enhance the quality of life for Baltimore residents, and Ralph E. Moore Jr., a community leader and social worker in Baltimore. Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., issued the following statement:

“The court’s denial of our motion to intervene at this stage puts even more pressure on DOJ to fulfill its obligation to fully and diligently enforce the consent decree. We made our request to intervene in the face of the Justice Department’s open hostility towards the consent decree in this case, and its efforts to stall the long-awaited approval of this decree. This ruling leaves open the opportunity to renew our request, and we stand ready to file again should the DOJ not meet its obligations in enforcing the consent decree. We are unwavering in our commitment to ensuring the people of Baltimore can live free from unconstitutional policing practices.”