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12 insanely horrifying things we learned from the Justice Department’s report on Baltimore’s police

By Daniel Rivero

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice issued a scathing report about the widespread constitutional violations that Baltimore residents have been subjected to by the Baltimore Police Department.

The report confirms what residents have long known: that the whiter, more affluent parts of town get relatively respectful, accommodating police services, while the blacker, poorer parts of town are handled with contempt and indifference to the law. These factors all contributed to the widespread civil unrest that followed the death of resident Freddie Gray last year, at the hands of police officers.

Yet the specifics revealed from the DOJ’s investigation illustrate just how awful the problem has been in recent years. The department also found an appalling record of abuse, degrading comments and institutional sexism when it came to how the BPD treated women.

The following are just a few of the many jaw-dropping findings that the report uncovered.

Hundreds of black residents were stopped by police at least 10 times between 2010 and 2015, in stops that often have no constitutional grounds. Seven black men were stopped over 30 times during this time period.

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Over 11,000 unconstitutional arrests happened over that time period due to these tactics.

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It’s worth noting here that Freddie Gray was subjected to what local courts acknowledged was an “unconstitutional” detention when his spinal column was mysteriously severed in the back of a police van, leading to his death. All charges against the officers involved were eventually dropped.

“Countless individuals—including Freddie Gray—were stopped multiple times in the same week without being charged with a crime,” the DOJ report reads.

A BPD sergeant ordered an unconstitutional stop while on a ride-along with Department of Justice investigators.

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Black residents are stopped at highly disproportionate rates, even as data shows that black residents are far more likely to not have illegal contraband when being searched.

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“These results are statistically significant,” reads the report. “It suggests that officers’ search decisions are biased against African Americans.”

The department routinely roughs up and detains residents who were unconstitutionally stopped, while neglecting to charge them with any crimes. In some cases, this behavior has even been rewarded by superiors.

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The Baltimore Police Department “frequently” performs illegal and degrading strip searches of residents on the side of the street.

This is one story.

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Black residents far outpace other groups when it comes to being charged with misdemeanor offenses that are used as a pretense for unconstitutional harassment.

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This is despite the fact that “misdemeanor arrests of African Americans are dismissed or declined at significantly higher rates than other arrests,” the DOJ wrote. “The large racial differences in the proportion of dismissed charges for misdemeanor street offenses demonstrate that, where officers have wider discretion to make arrests, they exercise it in a discriminatory manner.”

One arrest template for the charge of “trespassing” had the words “black male” automatically included in the arrest description.

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The BPD uses extremely “significant resources” to enforce low level crimes.

For instance, the BPD has used a police helicopter that is meant to be deployed during shootings and other serious crimes to gather intelligence about black residents playing cards or dice in the neighborhood, leading to misdemeanor charges of “gaming.”

Black residents make up 99% of arrests for gaming.

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Some of the city’s most vulnerable residents–those with serious mental illnesses–often receive “unreasonable force” by city officers whose mandate is to protect them.

The report notes that this behavior by the BPD might constitute “discrimination in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.”

The department’s record on how it investigates sexual violence is particularly horrible.

For one thing investigators found that “only 17 percent of BPD’s rape cases in 2015 were closed by arrest– a rate less than half the national average.”

And in the course of investigation, detectives ask female victims of assault mindbogglingly insensitive questions.

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Officers are largely “reluctant to report misconduct.”

In response to a black officer who had a reputation for speaking out against misconduct, an unnamed lieutenant placed signs around his desk, urging him to “stay in [his] lane,” and “don’t spread rumors!!!”, among other things.

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As a result of the DOJ’s investigation, Baltimore has agreed in principle to have federal oversight over the BPD for the next several years, although the details have not yet been finalized. In a speech on Wednesday, Vanita Gupta, the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, thanked the city for collaborating on the investigation and looked ahead to the reforms that are on the horizon.

“Policing that violates the Constitution or federal law severely undermines community trust,” said Gupta. “Blanket assumptions and stereotypes about certain neighborhoods can lead to resentment of the police. And resentment can prevent the type of effective policing needed to keep communities and officers safe.”

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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There's not a black man alive, that has ever been alive, that will be born that would be allowed to live long enough to do to them what they have done to people with melanin. They would have destroyed every person of that color everywhere. There'd be NO "BLACK" PEOPLE. They've treated Black People horribly and like Dr. Umar Johnson said: "We love white people!" We're already aware that as Black People we're about 200 kinds of Black Fools, grinnin'/skinnin' and shit (Diamond and Pearl); The Orange Nazi's "African-America" Over There!" or whatever; there's MANY more where they came from.

I really don't know who's more insane them or us. I think it's about equal over slightly different occurrences. How many WHITE MEN have been hanged from trees with their Gherkin pickles stuffed  in their mouths by the hands of a BLACK MAN? None, that I've ever read about. Never saw a dead white teenager look like Emmitt Till that I recall at the hands of Black men. I know that when Emmitt was murdered a Black man either saw or knew and kept his Soup Coolers closed tightly about the situation.

If Black Men had done that,to a white teenager, there'd be none alive anywhere in America to do it again. We're not quite that evil; a lot of us have JESUS and quite a few have consciences.

Whites are geniuses at slaughtering. They're equivalent to Crocodiles and Alligators. 

White people, the Middle East folks are breaking out with boils. Are you aware of that?? Israel, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. It's called the Aleppo boil. The disease is properly known as cutaneous leishmaniasis and is caused by a parasite in the blood stream and transmitted through the bite of the sand fly. It provokes disfiguring lesions on the body, which are liable to second infection (quoted by something I read yesterday.) Hundreds of thousands of people across the Middle East, according to scientists, are infected.

Whatchagonnado when some of these so-called American slaughtering soldiers bring that shit here?  Are the Orange Nazi's BILLIONS going to solve THAT???

Zika Virus in Puerto Rico, Aleppo Boils in the Middle East, Calcified Pineal Glands in the entire White Race's Brains.

Whatdafuckwegonnado?????????????? LYSOL won't cure those fucking boils. They're beyond NASTY to look at.  What do the WHITE GENIUSES have to sayboutthat?????? Can ya rub some THOUSAND DOLLAR BILLS across them and make them disappear??? Extreme Paleness and Aleppo Boils are going to make everyone PUKE to look your way then; we can BARELY LOOK YOUR WAY NOW!!!!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Caucasoid Money Bags have the answers to EVERYTHING.

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  It certainly appears like a war against us to me.  Plus with all that equipment?  They have to use it somebody...cuz it sho ain't gon be used on them.  And as more white looking immigrants[from war torn environments]  come to this country, it's really gon be somethin to see in term of the race game.  Cuz they're running from a true war...it will be interesting to see how the po po will respond to them.  As they bring their backward third world mentality here with no respect or regard for women.  Will they too be targeted or will they replace us as the hunted....or will they join forces to eradicated us entirely? Cuz in their minds....a black is a slave bottom line.   Somethin to think about!  But!  

I remember the 'Ghetto birds.  " helicopters flying around baltimore constantly.  I just assumed they were fighting the homicide rate, chasing bank robbers, and stolen cars , but to find out that they invested their time, talent, and resources to break up a few games of Spades and dice just further provides how worthless the police have made themselves.  

 

The lack of care given to rape victims should lead to the firing of hundreds of cops, but i'm sure the union will have an excuse for them as well.  And to thinking during last year's riot, people were asking 'why can't they respect the police?'.  

 

I am glad that this contributed to the empowerment of black banks, black business expansion, and black awareness...I heard there was a riot last night in Wisconsin...i'm still getting details, but it was probably more of the same.  

 

Black Power!

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