Baltimore Police Department (Maryland )


In October 2014, city and BPD leadership requested to enter a collaborative reform process with the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office). The Civil Rights Division opened a pattern-or-practice investigation in May 2015.
The Civil Rights Division announced its findings in August 2016. The Division found that BPD made stops, searches and arrests without the required justification; used enforcement strategies that unlawfully subjected African Americans to disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests; used excessive force; and retaliated against individuals for their constitutionally-protected expression. In January 2017, the Division and the City of Baltimore entered into an agreement to resolve these findings.


Fast Facts

Case Status: Ongoing
City and State: Baltimore, Maryland
Year Initiated: 2015
Year Closed: Ongoing

Case Documents

Document Title PDF Link HTML Link Document Type Document Size
Baltimore Police Department Settlement Agreement 2016 PDF Settlement Agreement 417.96 KB
Baltimore Police Department Findings Letter 2016 PDF Findings Letter 2.31 MB
Baltimore Police Department Complaint 2017 PDF Complaint 300.03 KB
Baltimore Police Department Consent Decree 2017 PDF Consent Decree 2.09 MB