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Baltimore City Consent Decree

On January 12, 2017, the United States of America filed a complaint against the Police Department of Baltimore City and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore.  Concurrently, the parties filed a joint motion requesting that the Court enter a proposed Consent Decree to resolve this litigation.  The Court then solicited public comments concerning the proposed Consent Decree and held a Public Fairness Hearing on April 6, 2017, to hear comments from members of the public.  On April 7, 2017, the Court approved and entered the Consent Decree proposed by the parties, which is now an order of the Court.  

Following a lengthy selection process, the Court granted the parties' joint motion to appoint Kenneth Thompson as the Independent Monitor of the Consent Decree to oversee its implementation.  Pursuant to the terms of the Consent Decree, the Court retains jurisdiction of this action until such time as the Court determines that the Baltimore Police Department has achieved "Full and Effective Compliance" with the terms of the Decree.  Consistent with that duty, the Court meets monthly with the parties and Monitor to receive regular updates regarding the status of Baltimore Police Department's compliance with the Decree.  Additionally, public hearings are held quarterly to allow members of the public to assess progress of the Department's compliance.  

Please visit these websites from the Monitor and the parties for more information on the status of the Consent Decree's implementation:

Upcoming Quarterly Public Hearing Dates:


January 25, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Courtroom 1A

April 4, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Courtroom 1A

August 15, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Courtroom 1A

October 17, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Courtroom 1A

January 23, 2025, 10:00 a.m., Courtroom 1A