Sunday, April 9, 2017

Judge Approves Consent Decree to Overhaul Baltimore Police Dept.




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On Friday a federal judge had approved a consent decree that would completely overhaul the Baltimore Police Department. The agreement between the federal government and city leaders has been long awaited. The overhaul will include new technology, training, and new oversight. This agreement was made because of a very revealing 2016 Justice Department report that found that there was a systematic racial bias in the Baltimore Police Department. I would say this is event is comparable to many different civil rights movements, but in a smaller scale since this is happening with only one police department. But I would mostly compare it to the Brown v. The Board of Education court case because while the court case did deem segregated schools unconstitutional, racism was still a part in everyday life for African Americans. That is how I feel about this overhaul. Yes, there are going to be benefits that come with the change, but I do not see how the new training and technology will be able to change ones mindset on race and racial bias. If someone is already racist, I do not believe they can just automatically become non racist because of new technology or new training. What do you think of this overhaul? Do you believe this could make less racial bias in the Police Department? Or do you believe this change will make little impact?

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  1. I don't think this overhaul will affect the people who are already racist like you said. However, by implementing this overhaul you can stop the racism before it even begins in the police department, which is a good thing. This will overtime cause great change in the police department. The change might not be immediate, so it might not look like much. However, I think we will see the decline of racism within that police department with this change.

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  2. I definitely agree with both you and Kevin. Those who are already strongly racist will probably not be fazed by the changes being implemented. However, just the fact that there are steps being taken towards attempting to resolve the systematic racial bias in the police department. Instead of sweeping it under the carpet, they're taking action, which could potentially cause a decline of racism for at least some people.

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  3. This is a shameless plug, but the TV show "The Wire" on HBO is great to watch to get a sense of Baltimore crime and police. I think that Baltimore has one of the worst relationships between the police and the minorities that live there. I think that the overhaul of the police department is a step in the right direction, as it will decrease the corruption that their department is dealing with. Also, I think that overhauling will help because now the new employees know what is expected of them and they know that the whole nation is watching and that the minorities have gained a much stronger foothold in the Baltimore community. The minorities will not be silent if subjected to more racial bias and then it'll be bad for the police once again.

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  4. This approval makes legal change, but I'd agree that it cannot fix the common stereotypes. It will, however, make change in the long run, when people will not believe/accept these stereotypes. I think that this will encourage people to consider why they are taking a certain action; is it just based on someone's race, or is there a legitimate cause?

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    1. Yes this action is definitely a step in the right direction. It has the possibility to be able to make people question their own actions as a racial or legitimately motivated. But for some nothing will change, it can all come down to how much someone is influenced by the changes made in the police department

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  5. I agree with the comments above that there are limits to how much the overhaul can change the police department. While the new training and technology can't change someone's views on race, I think it could teach them better (maybe safer) ways of interacting with civilians. This might not cause huge change, but I think it can only have a positive impact.

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  6. I agree with everyone above, on the fact that the overhaul of the department will do little to change a person's outlook on another's race. But I do think it may make them better at handling situations if they have better facilities that can teach officer's to become better at handling situations, instead of just blowing them up, and then sending a bunch of people to jail or something.

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  7. The overhaul of the P.D will do little to change a person's race. But I do think that police officers can improve on handling situations like these. With the right training everything should work out ok, and there wont be much excessive force and then they won't have to go to jail or anything.

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  8. I believe anything needs to start somewhere. Although it is highly unlikely for the police department to suddenly change their perspective on racial matters, it is still a step to progress. Just like many events that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement (such as the bus boycott), they all started in just one city. Therefore, I believe we shouldn't disregard this change brought upon by the Baltimore Police Department, where racism is evident.

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  9. I agree with those that think this overhaul is better than nothing. Yes, it's idealistic to believe we can ultimately change one's mindset, but something is better than nothing, and I believe there are psychological implications that would suggest that the inclusion of such an overhaul would implement at least the thought of consideration in people's minds, therefore hopefully causing them to think more about whether their actions are racist or not. Again, it's a start, and I don't believe there are any negative or detrimental aspects towards its inclusion.

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