Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Mike Solakian, WBAL-TV 11
A new American Civil Liberties Union report released Tuesday highlights a number of complaints against Baltimore City police officers after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.
From 2015 until 2019, there were 13,391 misconduct complaints filed against more than 1,826 officers, the report found. The report’s author acknowledged to 11 News on Tuesday that a complaint in his report could include multiple complaints in a single case. Black people filed the most complaints against officers, but only a small percentage of those complaints were sustained.
The report found 22,884 use-of-force incidents in Baltimore in the same timeframe, 90.7% of which involved residents who are Black.
Six officers accounted for more than 100 complaints in the same timeframe, and all six were members of the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force, according to the ACLU report.
As of October, the city paid out $18.4 million to settle lawsuits from 2015 to 2020, which doesn’t include the $10 million in additional funds to settle GTTF lawsuits in November.
Baltimore City Councilman Mark Conway, chairman of the Public Safety and Government Operations Committee, sent a statement to 11 News, saying: “The ACLU’s report today confirms that the issues which prompted the 2016 U.S. Department of Justice report and subsequent federal consent decree persist. For Baltimore to end this epidemic of violence, residents must have confidence that their interactions with police will be aboveboard and that complaints are taken seriously — no matter who they are or who the officers are.
“The Public Safety and Government Operations Committee will hold the first dedicated council hearing on the federal consent decree on Feb. 3. I expect this report will come up, and I look forward to hearing the commissioner’s thoughts on it and how we can ensure officers who fall short of their duty to protect and serve are held fully accountable.”
WBAL-TV 11 News reached out to the Baltimore Police Department for a comment and has not yet received a response.