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Baltimore City Consent Decree, USA v. Police Department of Baltimore City, et al., 17-cv-0099-JKB

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The United States of America filed a complaint against the Police Department of Baltimore City and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore for declaratory and injunctive relief under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  The City denies the allegations.  A joint motion and memorandum filed by the parties requested that the Court enter a proposed Consent Decree addressing the claims set forth in the complaint.  

The Court solicited public comments concerning the proposed Consent Decree.  Please click here to see the comments received.  Supplemental comments postmarked prior to the Court's deadline are available here.

On April 6, 2017, the Court held a Public Fairness Hearing and heard comments from members of the public on the proposed Consent Decree.  Also on April 6, Community Churches for Community Development, Inc. and Ralph Moore, Jr., filed a motion to intervene in this proceeding.

On April 7, 2017, the Court approved and entered the Consent Decree proposed by the parties.  On April 10, 2017, the Court denied the motion to intervene.

On April 20, 2017, the parties approved and posted a Request for Applications (RFA) in relation to the process by which a Monitor will be selected.  More information may be found here.  

On June 15, 2017, the Court approved the parties' Amended Notice Regarding Public Comment on Monitor Selection.  As stated in the Notice, the parties will post for public review all received Monitor applications.  These applications will be available on the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division website ( and Baltimore City's Consent Decree website ( and police transparency website ( by June 16, 2017.