PRESS

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HB694/SB543 : Legislation to Ban the Box on College Applications

OCRWE supports HB694 and SB543 to ban the box on college applications. Click here to read our written testimony. 

CONSENT DECREE

                                                                                    ***UPDATE***

Public hearings on the Baltimore City Consent Decree are scheduled for April 6, 2017 with written testimony due on March 7, 2017. 

Written submissions: Submit your written comments of 10 pages or less by March 7, 2017 to Baltimore.consent.decree@usdoj.gov or United States Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, at 950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20530.

Speak at the hearing: Come to the U.S. District Courthouse (101 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201) at 9am on April 6, 2017 to submit your name to give testimony. Testimonies may last for up to three minutes. The hearing will be held from 9:30AM-5:00PM. 

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On January 12, 2017 the City of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed on a court enforceable consent decree to make major reforms to the Baltimore Police Department based on the findings from the Department of Justice Report released on August 10, 2016. The Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement is grateful to Mayor Pugh and the DOJ for all of their hard work that led to the timely completion of this decree. Our Civilian Review Board is the only independent police oversight and accountability agency. As such, we understand that civilian oversight and police accountability are crucial in creating a safer Baltimore. We stand ready and eager to comply with this decree, and continue our work to improve police community relations and uphold justice for the people of Baltimore City. 

You can read the consent decree here. Portions applicable to the Civilian Review Board have been highlighted. 

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 District Judge James Bredar will hold a hearing on the Baltimore City Consent Decree with Baltimore Officials and the U.S. Department of Justice to answer questions about the proposed reforms. Proposed reforms include increased civilian oversight, changes to officer training, and procedural changes in how officers interact with the public and exercise their authority. Once the judge rules in favor of these reforms, they will become court-enforceable. We look forward to the implementation of the reforms proposed in the consent decree, and are ready to work towards a safer city for everyone. 

BOARD VACANCIES

*NEW* The Wage Commission currently has two vacancies. This is a volunteer position. If you are interested in being a part of monitoring and enforcing fair wages and prevailing wage and living wage laws for Baltimore workers, and you live in Baltimore City, please submit a resume or curriculum vitae to civilrights@baltimorecity.gov.

The Civilian Review Board has vacancies in the Western, Southwestern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Baltimore City. This Board meets on a regular basis to review complaints and completed investigations of alleged police misconduct and make necessary recommendations to the Police Commissioner. Board members are volunteers and must be residents of Baltimore City and cannot be current employees of any local, state or federal law enforcement agencies. If you live with one of these four districts and our interested in serving on the Board, please submit a resume or curriculum vitae to civilrights@baltimorecity.gov.

There is a vacancy on the Community Relations Commission’s Board of Commissioners. This is a volunteer position. This Board meets on a regular basis to review discrimination complaints and investigations within Baltimore City. If you are interested and live in Baltimore City, please submit a resume or curriculum vitae to civilrights@baltimorecity.gov.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RELEASES INVESTIGATION OF THE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT

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DOJ Report