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The past month or so of Baltimore police malfeasance

The past month or so of Baltimore police malfeasance from @TheRealNews
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Back in June, the Baltimore City Council approved a $22 million budget increase to the Baltimore Police Department’s budget, going against the demands of hundreds of Baltimoreans who showed up for two taxpayers’ nights to tell Mayor Brandon Scott and members of Baltimore City Council, “defund the police.” 

“That the City of Baltimore has to scramble together on two nights to say something and hope that it changes is not a participatory process,” Rob Ferrell of Organizing Black said at the time.

As Battleground Baltimore previously reported, the budget increase was, at least in part, a done deal before Taxpayers’ Night. That’s because even if the council and the mayor had been motivated to vote “no” to an additional $22 million for the police, the federal consent decree likely would have fined the city for defunding. It is just one more example of how police are rewarded for their corruption and dysfunction, and the rest of the city loses. A consent decree imposed on the city after Freddie Gray died in police custody in 2015 now nullifies the will of the people and gives elected officials who don’t actually want to defund a convenient excuse. 





Originally posted by The Real News on 2021-09-10 16:02:45

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