Maryland Carey Law finds itself at a critical moment in Baltimore that will prove to be historic. As a result of Freddie Gray’s tragic death in April, 2015, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice conducted a “pattern and practices” investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The DOJ concluded that the BPD routinely violates the constitutional rights of Baltimore’s African American men, women, and children.
We now must determine how to move from unconstitutional policing to a policing model that respects the dignity of all Baltimore residents. The first step is the Consent Decree that was negotiated by the DOJ, the City of Baltimore, and the BPD that was approved by the U.S. District Court of Maryland in April 2017. The Consent Decree details the steps the BPD and the City of Baltimore must take to transform policing in Baltimore.
The second step is the Monitoring Team that the Court approved one month ago. The Monitoring Team will work with the Court to ensure that the BPD and the City of Baltimore implement the terms of the Consent Decree.
The third step is us. As residents of and/or stakeholders in Baltimore, what steps will we take to help move Baltimore forward in this regard? How can we be of service to this process?
We will begin to take up these questions at the last lunchtime anchor event of the fall semester, which will take place Monday, November, 13, from Noon to 1:00, in Room 107. Two leaders of the process moving forward will join us to share their roles and their thoughts. Former Fourth Circuit Judge Andre Davis '78 is the new Baltimore City Solicitor. Denise Duval works with the Community Oversight Task Force, a body which has been formed as a result of Consent Decree. The Task Force is comprised of Baltimore residents. Their job is to recommend improvements to the current system of BPD civilian oversight.
Judge Davis and Ms. Duval will discuss their respective roles in this process, the importance of community participation and leadership in this process, the importance of our participation in this process, and offer ideas for how our law students can be involved.