Justice Department report criticizes Baltimore police for unlawful practices against black residents – Los Angeles Times

Baltimore police routinely violated the constitutional rights of residents by conducting unlawful stops and using excessive force, according to a long-anticipated Justice Department report expected to be released Wednesday.

The practices overwhelmingly fell on the shoulders of the city’s black residents in poor neighborhoods, according to the 163-page report, a copy of which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Begun after the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained while in police custody, the wide-ranging investigation uncovered deep and systemic problems with how Baltimore officers do their jobs and how they are policed themselves.

Gray’s death, which triggered rioting, was one of several recent killings nationwide of unarmed black men by police officers. The deaths have provoked a nationwide conversation about race, discrimination and police practices. It also has exposed deep rifts between police and the communities they serve.

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