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Oh, Baltimore...


In a damning report released Wednesday, the Department of Justice details the ways in which the Baltimore Police Department has violated the rights of the people its officers are sworn to protect.

The problems detailed in the 163-page report are broad and deep. But they're specific, too: a "pattern or practice" of discrimination is, of course, made of moments.

To be clear, the report emphasizes that this is not a case of a few bad apples. The problems are systemic — supervisors, policies, weak investigations and officer culture all play a role, the DOJ found.

The report, based on interviews with more than 500 people and a review of hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, is packed with statistics and analysis. Alongside the numbers, time and again, it highlights individual victims and specific acts of violence.

In many of those cases, the victims of the violence had come forward to file a complaint with the police department. One of the DOJ's findings is that the Baltimore police actively worked to discourage and suppress complaints from citizens. (As MSNBC's Trymaine Lee put it, the investigation took 14 months "to reveal what black folks in the city of Baltimore have known for generations."


Remember that Freddie Gray has taught us that it's practically IMPOSSIBLE to convict a Baltimore cop for killing an innocent black man.

Keep this White Supremacy Pyramid handy. You'll never know when you may need it...

(Actually, you and I both know that you'll ALWAYS need it. Just trying to be polite.)

Gimme some Head!

Choose one!

If DT is supposedly a straight talker, according to his supporters...

Why do these same supporters feel that they have to explain the actual "meaning" behind whatever he's saying?


Bad Cop, No Donut: DoJ: Baltimore cops “coerced sex in exchange for immunity from arrest”

The report found that officers specifically targeted “members of a vulnerable population.”
Updated by Victoria M. Massie on August 10, 2016, 6:00 p.m. ET @vmmassie

Among the many damning findings within the Department of Justice report on the Baltimore Police Department is the revelation that some police officers allegedly coerced “members of a vulnerable population” into having sex, particularly those involved in sex work, in exchange for avoiding arrest, for cash, and even for narcotics.

“This conduct is not only criminal,” the report said, “it is an abuse of power.”

The report found that even though one officer had internal records with documented evidence of such conduct, no one — from BPD to the State’s Attorney’s Office — pursued criminal charges. Instead, he was allowed to resign (emphasis added):

For example, BPD investigators became aware of one officer’s alleged misconduct in March of 2012 when they conducted a “prostitution initiative” “for the purposes of gathering intelligence and obtaining confidential informants relating to police corruption.” One of the women interviewed informed BPD investigators that she met with a certain officer and engaged in sexual activities in the officer’s patrol car once every other week “in exchange for U.S. Currency or immunity from arrest.” The Department administratively closed the case nine months later, without, it appears, referring the matter for criminal prosecution or interviewing the accused officer, or any other potential witnesses.


This is pretty much confirmation for my belief that law enforcement behaves like predators.

These cops are tired of white people getting freaked out by their black neighbors

By Christopher Ingraham

"People, please stop making my job so difficult."

That's the opening of a discussion in "ProtectAndServe," reddit's community of law enforcement officers. The poster, who goes by the handle "sf7" and has been verified as a law enforcement officer by the forum's moderators, goes on:

So I'm working last week and get dispatched to a call of 'Suspicious Activity.' Ya'll wanna know what the suspicious activity was? Someone walking around in the dark with a flashlight and crow bar? Nope. Someone walking into a bank with a full face mask on? Nope.

It was two black males who were jump starting a car at 930 in the morning. That was it. Nothing else. Someone called it in.

People. People. People. If you're going to be a racist, stereotypical jerk...keep it to yourself.

Other forum users sympathize. One tells a story about someone asking the cops to investigate a middle-aged black man fishing in his own community. Another was asked to respond to a report of two Middle Eastern guys sitting in the same car. Another laments that "we frequently get calls about black men and woman and kids, yes [expletive] kids, walking. Like WWB (walking while black) was actually a crime and not a Twitter joke."

The stories pile on. A white security officer tells of the year he and his black wife lived in an apartment complex. "She got cops called a total of 9 times in the year we lived there I got zero," he says. A retired cop recalls the time a "lady called scared to death because some black guy was sitting in his truck across from her house" -- it was the water meter reader.


You always hurt the one you love...

Bad Cop, Not Donut: Black woman strip searched for broken tail light by Baltimore PD

Baltimore police strip-searched a woman in public for a broken taillight

By Kate Irby

It started when the woman was pulled over for a routine traffic stop for a broken taillight. It ended with her strip-searched on the side of a road, with a female officer even searching her anal cavity in public.

While one of the worst examples of officer misconduct in the Department of Justice’s report on the Baltimore Police Department, it’s far from the only one. The report, released Wednesday after a 14-month investigation, concludes the BPD engages in a pattern of practice of unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests; unfairly targeting black people; excessive force; and retaliation.

“This pattern or practice is driven by systemic deficiencies in BPD’s policies, training, supervision and accountability structures that fail to equip officers with the tools they need to police effectively and within the bounds of the federal law,” the report concludes.

In the incident, the officers ordered the woman to exit her vehicle, stand on the side of the road and take her clothes off. The woman asked the officer in charge, “I really gotta take all my clothes off?”

The officer told her yes and says he had a female officer search the woman. The female officer put on latex gloves and searched the woman’s bra area before pulling down her underwear and searching her anal cavity.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article94829582.html#fmp#storylink=cpy

I'm almost at the point of changing the name of this post series to "Fuck The Police." Almost...

That's how it's supposed to work actually.

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