‘Lock Up All the Black Hoodies’: DOJ Report Details Abuses by Baltimore Police
In many of those cases, the victims of the violence had come forward to file a complaint with the police department. One of the DOJ’s findings is that the Baltimore police actively worked to discourage and suppress complaints from citizens. (As MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee put it, the investigation took 14 months “to reveal what black folks in the city of Baltimore have known for generations.”)
In other cases, the specific example came directly from police records or DOJ observations. The department was on a ride-along when a supervisor told a patrol officer to stop and question a group of young black men for no valid reason. “Make something up,” the sergeant said.