Baltimore’s mayor announced Wednesday that she has asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether the city’s police department had engaged in discrimination.
“Throughout my administration, we have taken a number of steps to change the culture and practices of the Baltimore Police Department,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) said. “Despite this progress, we all know that Baltimore continues to have a fractured relationship between the police and the community.”
“Such an investigation is essential if we are going to build on the foundation of reforms that we have instituted over the last four years,” she said.
“I’m asking the Department of Justice to investigate if our police department has engaged in a pattern or practice of stops, searches or arrests that violate the Fourth Amendment,” she added. “I am asking that they investigate what systemic challenges exist within our police department that can contribute to excessive force and discriminatory policing.”
Rawlings-Blake also said the city would implement police body cameras “as soon as possible.”
The announcement comes one day after new Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the cityand met with Rawlings-Blake.