EDITOR'S NOTE: Read the full consent decree below.
Baltimore City and federal officials announced Thursday an agreement that will force the Baltimore Police Department to reform. The decree comes six months after a scathing Justice Department report found that city police routinely violated citizens’ rights; especially of African-Americans.
The consent decree is the product of a civil rights investigation into the police department after the 2015 in-custody death of Freddie Gray. Gray suffered severe injuries while being transported in a police van.
Details of the consent decree were made public as a news conference was taking place announcing the agreement.