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ACLU report examines Baltimore police complaints and race


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland looks at the role of race and complaints that have been filed against Baltimore police.

For example, the report found that a white person’s complaint against a Baltimore police officer is 61% more likely to be upheld than a complaint filed by someone who is Black.

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the report examined thousands of complaints filed against Baltimore police from 2015 to 2019. It paints a picture of a department that is still biased against its Black residents.

The report pulled data that the department released last year. It also used information from public court, city and news media records to identify which officers faced the most complaints.

The report also found that 90.7% of use of force incidents from involved Black residents. And yet Black residents represents about 63% of the city’s population.

“Residents in the ‘white L’ of North and South Baltimore do not witness and experience firsthand close to the level of police violence as Black residents do in the ‘Black Butterfly’ of East and West Baltimore,” the report stated.

Baltimore police did not immediately return a request seeking comment.

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