Feature - Violent Crime in Baltimore
Peter van Agtmael
The 2015 death of suspect Freddie Gray at the hands of police officers caused public outrage and prompted a reassessment of the Baltimore Police Department's doctrines. Many residents of the city's high-crime and predominately African-American neighborhoods had long criticized the BPD's posture of an occupying army in enemy territory. In 2016 the US Department of Justice accused the BPD of racial discrimination and use of excessive force.
Following this report, the federal government demanded policing reforms, to be enforced by a judge and overseen by an independent monitoring team. Frustrated,...