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File #: 19-0149R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - Alternatives to Arrest
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Failed - End of Term
File created: 4/15/2019 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: Final action: 12/7/2020
Enactment #:
Title: Informational Hearing - Alternatives to Arrest For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, and other City officials responsible for enforcement, prosecution, and judicial review of criminal justice to appear before the City Council to discuss ways that we can rebuild trust between our citizens and the agents of the criminal justice system by exploring alternative enforcement strategies outside of traditional arrest.
Sponsors: Robert Stokes, Sr., Kristerfer Burnett, Brandon M. Scott, Eric T. Costello, John T. Bullock, Zeke Cohen, Bill Henry, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Shannon Sneed, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Ryan Dorsey, Mary Pat Clarke, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Alternatives, Arrest, Informational Hearing
Attachments: 1. 19-0149R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Stokes


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Informational Hearing - Alternatives to Arrest
For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, and other City officials responsible for enforcement, prosecution, and judicial review of criminal justice to appear before the City Council to discuss ways that we can rebuild trust between our citizens and the agents of the criminal justice system by exploring alternative enforcement strategies outside of traditional arrest.
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Recitals

Baltimore City residents have maintained an uneasy relationship with the Baltimore Police Department that was heightened after the death of Freddy Gray and the discovery of the corruption of the Gun Trace Task Force. The City is now in year 2 of the Justice Department’s Consent Decree; under the Decree, the Department is making reforms to build trust between the police and the citizenry. One possible way to build trust between the citizenry and the police is to reduce arrests of African Americans. The Justice Department found that the Baltimore Police Department engaged in unjustified stops, searches, and arrests of African Americans. The Baltimore City Council is interested in how the Baltimore Police Department can perform its law enforcement dutie...

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