Baltimore and the US Department of Justice have reached a deal on a consent decree to reform the city's police department after it was found to have systemic issues involving use of excessive force and civil rights abuses.
After being reprimanded by a Justice Department report accusing it of having a pattern of inappropriate and discriminatory behavior, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has already undertaken reforms, including firing offending officers.
Lieutenant Brian Rice ‒ the highest-ranking police officer involved in the in-custody death of Freddie Gray ‒ will receive nearly $127,000 in back pay, a Baltimore, Maryland panel has announced. Rice was acquitted of all charges.
On August 9, 2014, unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The killing sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and led to changes to policing practices.
The FBI has released spy footage taken during the Baltimore 2015 protests honoring Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. Footage includes traditional and infrared modes, the latter to allow for nighttime recording.
A Maryland judge has ruled that Lieutenant Brian Rice is not guilty of all three charges he faced in the case of Freddie Gray. Rice was the highest-ranking Baltimore police officer was charged over Gray's in-custody death.