After Freddie Gray Death, U.S. Starts Civil Rights Probe of Baltimore Police

Mark Puente, Baltimore Sun, May 8, 2015

In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday that the Department of Justice will launch a full-scale civil rights investigation into Baltimore’s police.

“This investigation will begin immediately,” Lynch said, adding that investigators will examine whether police violated the constitution and the community’s civil rights. “Our goal is to work with the community, public officials and law enforcement alike to create a stronger, better Baltimore.”

The community’s mistrust with the police didn’t develop over night, and will take time to mend the fractured relationship, Lynch said. “We have watched as Baltimore has struggled with issues that face cities across our country today,” she said.

Her announcement came after local officials and community leaders pressed the Justice Department to launch an inquiry similar to investigations into police departments in Ferguson, Mo., and Cleveland that examined whether officers engaged in patterns of excessive force. In both of those cities, unrest erupted after unarmed black people were killed by police.


The new probe comes seven months after a Baltimore Sun investigation found that the city had paid nearly $6 million since 2011 in court judgments and settlements in lawsuits alleging brutality and other misconduct. The Sun also found that dozens of black residents received battered faces and broken bones during questionable arrests. In nearly all of the cases, prosecutors or judges dismissed the charges against the suspects.

While in Baltimore, Lynch said the Justice Department might need to go beyond the voluntary, collaborative review of use of force by city police that began in October. That review was announced five days after The Sun published its first of two stories into police abuses.

On Friday, Lynch said the collaborative review will not be enough to bring the community and police force together. The collaborative review, she said, will continue as technical assistance to help the department. The findings will be folded into the civil rights investigation and not released, she added.

The tougher civil rights probes examine whether police departments have a history of discrimination or using force beyond standard guidelines, and can lead to years of court monitoring.

In such investigations, Justice Department officials gather information from community members, interview officers and other local authorities, and observe officers’ work and review documents. But they do not assess individual cases for potential criminal violations.

The Justice Department said the new probe is separate from the agency’s criminal civil rights investigation into Gray’s death.

The federal agency’s civil rights division has launched such broad probes into 20 police departments in the past six years. {snip}


After Lynch’s announcement Friday, Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying she was “pleased the Department of Justice has agreed to my request.”

“Our city is making progress in repairing the fractured relationship between police and community, but bolder reforms are needed and we will not shy away from taking on these challenges,” Rawlings-Blake said. “The problems we are confronting in Baltimore are not unique to our city. They did not occur overnight and it will take time for Baltimore to heal and move forward.”


As melees erupted in Baltimore during Lynch’s first day on the job, she said the nation has seen the “tragic loss of a young man’s life and a peaceful-protest movement coalesce to express the concern of a beleaguered community. We have seen brave officers upholding the right to peaceful protests while also sustaining serious injuries themselves in the “city’s unfortunate foray into violence.”



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  • DaveMed

    There can no longer be any doubt that the DOJ now exists to serve Black America.

    • LexiconD1

      For now.

      • Sid Ishus

        Demography is destiny.

    • Beloved Comrade

      I think they answer to a higher power.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Be careful–not to criticize those who rule over you, now.

        • Alexandra1973

          Of course, that can be tossed out as a red herring…to disguise who’s really yanking the strings.

    • JR Kipling

      And never forget that Loreeta Lynch was confirmed by the GOP establishment. After watching Eric Holder operate against the Tea Party and white Americans for 6 years the GOP senators gave a green light for another 2 years of riots, and killings. When Holder resigned…the riots stopped. As soon as Lynch was confirmed.. PRESTO the riots resume. There will be NO investigation into who the outside agitators were. No indictments of anyone from Chicago. And the GOP establishment will put no effort into it.. but the attacks on the Tea Party will be relentless. Welcome to the UNIPARTY

    • ZenSouth

      Until this country fully resembles Mexico and is ran by La Raza. Blacks are a fading problem in this country what’s more ominous is the ever increasing latino surge from the south.

      • DaveMed

        I don’t believe that this is the case. Africa’s population is expected to swell to one billion by the mid-21st century or so, and a great deal of those will be emigrating… here.

  • Luca D.

    “Our goal is to work with the community, public officials and law enforcement alike to create a stronger, better Baltimore.” – Loretta Lynch.

    Well, perhaps you should build some new prisons to place all the criminals in. Purging the vermin out of Baltimore would certainly make for a stronger, better Baltimore. But It would take a while for the remaining citizens to get used to the echoes and crickets.

    • TruthBeTold

      There have been multiple attempts to make Baltimore better. Every one has failed.

      You can’t have a first world city with a third world population. (A nod to James Edwards)

    • Light from the East

      Maybe her definition of “stronger” and “better” means more riots, more looting, more homicides, more drug dealing, more destruction, more chaos, more ruins of Baltimore. Black’s logic cannot be interpreted the same way as ours.

      • Beloved Comrade

        Black logic is an oxymoron.

  • MekongDelta69

    Instead of Eric Hold ‘Em Up, get ready for Loretta Lynched

    • Light from the East

      I am just wondering how those ignorant politicians reach their positions while most sane, law-abiding, rational citizens cannot be qualified to do the job. Nothing is unchanged forever (including whites’ perception toward minorities), if they continue to do the same thing over and over again, a payback is waiting for them in the future.

    • John Smith

      Too bad we can’t.

  • TomIron361

    Once again, the fedgov is way out of their jurisdiction.

    • Chip Carver

      The fedgov wants to destroy the old America, meaning White America. Too many are still incapable of seeing this. And it isn’t for the benefit of tribal Africans or any other third world primitives.

  • TruthBeTold

    Go to youtube and search: The Baltimore Plan 1953.

    It’s a 20 minute video of how Baltimore was rebuilt before. It’s heavy on the compassion propaganda and the editing is overly kind.

    But it does show that efforts have been made in the past. I understand Clinton poured money into Baltimore as well.

    • It also shows that the people have been running things have been running things for a lot longer than they realize, or want to admit.

  • dd121

    They’re all black. No way are they going to pin anything on whites, even though they’d like to.

    • A Freespeechzone

      The ONLY thing they will pin on Whites is the cost…..

  • guest

    “Our goal is to work with the community, public officials and law enforcement alike to create a stronger, better Baltimore.”

    What Lynch really means: “Our goal is to rid our town of the police and allow black criminals to go unpunished for any and all crimes they commit so we can create a weaker and more dangerous Baltimore.”

    • Big Willy

      How about just having an all-black police department. Then, when the black thugs get killed, it’ll be OK because there will be no whites to blame. Additionally, we would see a marked decrease in patronage at donut shops and a substantial increase in patronage at fried chicken joints.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Guess when the DOJ is through with their ‘investigation’, police will just ‘look the other way’, any action against a negro criminal will be seen as discrimination.

  • Mack0

    They will have to squint real hard but they will find it.

  • Ronald

    Our Republican friends make much of the voters acting to give them majority status in the Senate. Yet, after Obama snapped his fingers, they acted to put a female African in charge of the Government’s “justice” Department. This, after years of Obama’s pal Holder targeting White people in general and White cops in particular. As much as anything, this demonstrates the need of White people to have a new political organization that will not be afraid to represent the interest of White people.

    • DonReynolds

      Ronald…..I am sure you missed the memo…..but Eric (the Red) Holder changed the name of the Justice Department ……to the “Just-Us” Department.

    • AFlaVet

      Yup…spinless azzhats like Boehner and McConnell, the turkey vulture, now have a Holder in drag on the “DOJ”.

  • TheCogitator

    DOJ will look for “a history of discrimination.”

    What they will not look for is a history of black criminal behavior.

    • Lexonaut

      Ah … Another brain dead drooling retarded teahadist Rush Limbaugh listener.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Just two months ago, President Obama held up the Baltimore police force as a model of unbiased community policing. Now he’s investigating it for civil-rights violations.

    In a March White House report on police reforms, Obama and his Task Force on 21st Century Policing praised Baltimore’s force and its black chief for “implementing national best practices for policies and training,” including “use of force” reforms. His task force even quoted Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, who said he changed “outdated procedures” that “put officers at odds with the community.”

    The police don’t need investigating.

    The DOJ needs to investigate what happened to the $1.8 billion Baltimore received in stimulus money and why it failed to end a young, black male unemployment rate of 37% and a city-wide poverty rate of 24%.

    The DOJ needs to investigate the mayor encouraging looters and rioters to burn the city down while ordering that the cops stand down, stating:

    Let them loot. It’s only property.

    “Rawlings-Blake said. “I’m willing to do what it takes to reform my department.”

    Great. The best way to do that would be for you to resign. Effective immediately.

    Since 1967, every mayor of Baltimore has been a democrat. Here is their legacy:

    • Paleoconn

      How come Vermont and Seattle don’t look like that? They’re run by the left, too. How come Scandinavia doesn’t look like that?

    • ghettovalley

      These pictures do not look even remotely close to a formerly great and prosperous American city. They look like the filthy slums of some third world country. It appears that wherever you find Africans, you will find Africa.

  • DonReynolds

    After Lynch’s announcement Friday, Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying she was “pleased the Department of Justice has agreed to my request.”
    Never… my knowledge……has the mayor of a major American city EVER asked the DOJ to investigate their own police department regarding a pattern of racial discrimination.

    • lily-white

      and it raises a whole host of other questions… like what on earth is the motive of a (black) rawlings blake in bringing such scrutiny on her own (partial white) law enforcement agency… wait… i think i just answered that… and then there is that issue of nationalizing the police force…

    • Sid Ishus

      Please IRS, won’t you please come and go through my books to look for wrong doing?

    • Dave West

      I’m just surprised the Negress of Baltimore actually did something!

      • kikz2

        i’ll say they’ve done something.. that ‘administration’ has sucked 1.8Billion w/a B from the taxpayers quite recently to remediate that Black hellhole………………………..

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    I wonder, considering most positions of authority in Baltimore are held by blacks, and half the police officers are (also) black, does that mean that all the discrimination comes from white officers? That no black officers have been a part of this “discrimination”?. I have an idea. Transfer all the white officers into white areas and all the black officers into black areas. In black communities blacks will run the show. There just won’t be any whites to blame problems on. Case solved.

    • AFlaVet

      Good idea…I don’t think the black cops would stand still while being “bricked” by the animals….they’d surely use their guns cause they just might know what these morons respect. Force…brute force.

    • kikz2

      then they just blame us for leaving.

    • Da Troof

      “There just won’t be any whites to blame problems on. Case solved.”

      No, that’ll be “white flight”.

    • Lexonaut

      “[Does this mean that] black officers have been a part of this “discrimination”?

      The party line answer to this question, which is only just beginning to be asked, is going to be that these officers are themselves racists because they are race traitors — sellouts to the national systemic white racist political apparatus that has been holding the black man down..

    • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

      Yo, dat be rayciss! You wan black po-leece in all da high crime nasty urreas while dem white pigs be safe in nice white low crime districks!

      • Steve_in_Vermont

        Sorry, I don’t speak………what is that language?

        • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

          An old Baltimore dialect of Blackenese, as best as I can write it from memory.

          • Alexandra1973

            Some call it ebonics, others call it “n***erbabble.”

          • Big Willy


    • newscomments70

      That would be too easy, and it would be considered racist. It would be considered segregation. Liberals and race hustlers want conflict. Without conflict, they are out of business. If a white cop shoots a violent black criminal, it’s a bonanza. If a black cop shoots a black criminal, there is nothing.

      • Sid Ishus

        If a Black cop shoots a White suspect, nothing.

        • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

          If a black female cop shoots a 14 year old white boy who answered the door with a Wii remote in his hand, also nothing.

  • MBlanc46

    Eric Holder, Jr., jumps into the fray.The problem is, how does she blame the cesspit that is Baltimore only on whites?

    • Lexonaut

      The president answered that question a few days ago. You see, the problem is that the Republicans refuse to fund inner city schools, resulting in high school graduates who are not equipped to participate in our grand and glorious economic recovery.

      • Alexandra1973

        No one had to pay me to graduate from high school, and with a 3.354 GPA at that. Admittedly I could have done better had I applied myself.

        • Lexonaut

          Education is a wonderful thing. I’m glad you did well.

          I assumed that Obama was saying that smaller classes combined with more teachers would solve the problem, but that Republicans don’t want it to be solved, the subtext being that this is further proof that Republicans are racists.

          What do you think he meant?

          • Alexandra1973

            I don’t even listen to the Chump in Chief.

            I was also reading before I started Head Start in 1977. You start your kids reading early and it goes from there.

            Basically, the more teachers idea…it’s throwing money at the problem. The bottom line is, if the kids don’t know how to read, and/or don’t care about learning, you could have a ratio of 1:1, student to teacher, and it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.

    • Beloved Comrade

      She doesn’t have to, media pundits already have.

  • Brian Boru

    America’s military and major police forces are in the midst of a purge of all whites. They will either be brought up on trumped up charges or life will be made so difficult for them that they will quit.

    • slobotnavich

      Actually, the combat arms of all the services (infantry, armor, artillery, and special ops types) are now practically all white or Hispanic. Blacks are now clustered almost entirely in support functions, such as transportation, supply operations, food service, etc. Now that troops can select their preferred MOS (assuming they can qualify for it) blacks tend to seek safe non-combat related jobs, either hoping to learn a trade or simply to stay out of the line of fire. This is fact, not conjecture.

  • lily-white

    • Lexonaut

      We laugh (or maybe cry), but presidents are allowed to have their cabinet appointees reflect the policy goals of the president. If Holder was the right person for the job in that regard, then there is every reason why the president should want someone very like Holder as the new Attorney General …

      … Which means that the solution to this very real problem is not so much to have an Attorney General other than Lynch as instead to impeach the president for the High Misdemeanor of turning DOJ into a blatantly racist Gestapo with an absolutely anti-white agenda.

      That the senate would not convict is beside the point. We need the history of this country — assuming the country continues to exist — to show precisely what has been going on, and to show it in black and white legal proceedings transcripts.

      There. I think I’m gong to have another egg roll.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Ms. Dindu Nuffin

    • Katherine McChesney

      She looks like the “female” version of Al Sharpton.

  • Lexonaut

    This DOJ investigation is part of why we need to insist that all white cops immediately be pulled out of all minority communities.

    If we do it then the problem of an evil racist white occupying cop army will no longer exist and won’t need to be either investigated or addressed. However …

    If we don’t do it then what we will get instead is de facto federalization of all police forces — ghetto, urban, suburban, rural — all of them. In other words, we will get a federal police state, and it’s going to happen quickly if we don’t stop it cold.

  • rommel10

    who they gonna blame? everyone that runs the place are black? this will be worth watching

    • Donald

      Race relations in America have become the new Sports Central for me.
      I’m glued to the riots like a White kid watching Willie Mays in the 50’s.
      Shame on me.

  • Hilis Hatki

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced she is going to find out who ate the strawberries on the USS Caine.

  • JohnEngelman

    We are told that the police need to change their culture. What about the culture of the black ghetto?

    • Alexandra1973

      Aw, c’mon, John, can’t we let blacks act black? LOL

      • John Smith

        You mean rape, rob and murder?

        • slobotnavich

          Well, they can also shuck and jive.

    • Donald

      I think we, sometimes, confuse black nature for black culture.

      • JohnEngelman

        Black culture was less dysfunctional when blacks tried to emulate whites. White culture has become dysfunctional because many whites try to emulate blacks.

      • slobotnavich

        There’s no such thing as Black Culture.

        • Alexandra1973

          Sure there is. Culture of shiftlessness and corruption.

        • slobotnavich

          Sadly, I must concede your point.

    • Dave West

      Now your pushing it! As we all know, it is obvious that police are responsible for all the violence in black slums! Just look at Detroit, their police force is stretched so thinly that the average wait time for a cop is 1 hour; Detroit is a very safe city with the lack of police.

  • GB101

    If the police have been violating people’s civil rights is that not an indictment of the mayor, the official to whom the police report. She called on the Justice Department to conduct an investigation. Seems to me that she is calling on the Justice Department to investigate HER. She is the boss. Why didn’t she do her job?

    • GAWZ

      I think that by going on the offensive against white cops in Baltimore, she will be diverting attention away from her own incompetence and inability to perform at the level of a big city mayor. The ‘stand down’ order and “it’s only property” quip are both huge blunders to make at that level of leadership.

      • GB101

        I believe you are right. I do not expect logic to prevail here, but I believe that we should point out how illogical she is being and how illogical the Justice Department probe will be when it crucifies the cops but does not even slap the wrist of the cops’ boss.

        And of course the taxpayers of Baltimore will have to pay any additional costs associated with the probe and the actions demanded by the national government. Referring again to the non existent logic, I will point out the the mayor ought then to pay a heavy political price, but she won’t because it is not the taxpayers she answers to.

  • Rob

    Civil Rights, culture, Multiculturalism, DIE-versity, Politically Correct… are some of the liberal words I just hate to hear.

  • Rob

    Trust me, Loretta lynch will be worse than Eric Holder. Nothing is worse than a negress that wants revenge

    • Dave West

      I agree. On a side note, black women are the worst when it comes to crowning themselves “the best and hardest working person ever” for succeeding at some marginal accomplishment.

      • Alexandra1973

        I’ve experienced black women in charge. Not a pretty sight.

  • Dale McNamee

    What a hoot !

    The most corrupt, criminal, and rotted “Feral” Gov’t. Dept. investigating the alleged corruption of the Baltimore City Police…

    A righteous DOJ would be looking at the mayor and the supposedly impartial State’s Attorney…

    Especially, the “stand down” order and the “space to destroy/ It’s only property ” statements…

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Marilyn Mosby: “…I’m a diversity darling! How could I be held accountable for anything??…”

  • Weisheit77

    This is going to blow away like the guy who blew away two Muslims over a parking spot. Anyone remember him?

    • Rob

      3 Muslims actually.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    I predict the “Justice” Department will prescribe an aggressive “Affirmative-Action” program for all ranks above Corporal, and Baltimore’s Board of Police Commissioners will sign a Consent Decree to that effect…

  • Bettie

    If a black perceives it to be police brutality, then it is police brutality!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pwnful truth

    “DOJ now exists to serve black America”

    You mean brainwash and exploit them into becoming the destroyers of America

  • pennawhytmn

    You are all going to be proven wrong by the DOJ, as their investigation WILL show racism indeed. There has to be a few e-mails with jokes about the President, husband and wife jokes, and maybe eve a few regarding homosexuals. These means of having a few laughs must be purged from all of society.

  • Alex Williamson

    And they will find it, because the government thinks the fact that blacks are arrested and imprisoned more often than whites is evidence of “racism” rather than evidence of black criminality.

  • Deep North

    Loretta Lynch… Adds another meaning to the term ‘lynch mob’.