Sunday, April 9, 2017
Judge Approves Consent Decree to Overhaul Baltimore Police Dept.
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?