Seeds: The effects of the senseless death of Freddie Gray still reverberate within our society. Despite public outrage and strong resistance from the Black Lives Matter movement, no cops were convicted of using unnecessary force on Gray. However, it was obvious to most that misconduct occurred. Recently, the Justice Department was prompted to investigate the Baltimore Police Department as a result of the Freddie Gray case and several other recent occurrences.
Core: After sifting through countless pages of data and reports, the Justice Department released their final statement on their investigation of the Baltimore Cops. They ultimately concluded that there was strong evidence of the police department singling out African Americans and using unnecessary force on those they stopped. One convincing piece of evidence the Justice Department used to back their statement was the report that showed one African-American man was stopped 30 times in under 4 years and was never charged of a crime. Here is more evidence proposed by the Justice Department.
Skin: Many feel validated by the recent report and its findings. With this report, the Justice Department has statistically proven many of the issues decried by groups such as Black Lives Matter. While in this case there was misconduct, other police officers feel undervalued by communities across the country. As well as this, the recent shootings of police officers have only added fuel to the already turbulent fire.
Leaves: As a result of the Justice Department’s report, there will be new police reforms put in place that will be enforceable by law. These reforms will be especially focused on improving the quality of police training, supervision, and policies; these will be put in place hoping to eradicate racial bias. For many, this is long awaited action, and a step in the right direction. However, only time will tell whether or not these reforms will make any real difference in improving the equality of justice dispensed by the Baltimore Police Department.
Food for Thought: How do you feel about the Justice Department’s report? Do you support the Black Lives Matter movement?