Faulty Policing: The Baltimore Police Department

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The public relationship with law enforcement over the past few years has been increasing in a positive number. There are still places that suffer under problems with faulty methods of policing that are creating more issues as time goes on. We can look at a few examples of faulty policing by looking at reports from the Department of Justice, as well as other references. One of the main cities in the United States that we can look at is Baltimore, Maryland. This city as we look further into has problems with unjustified searches, seizers and arrest, mainly with African Americans in areas of concentrated disadvantage.

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The Baltimore Police Department has been reported with excessive use
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The idea was if we focus on small crime it will denture people from committing larger acts of criminal activity; it was a more holistic approach trying to connect the community relations with the police.
With police and community relations at such a level of strain it is easy to think that it is also because of the environment. Where you live does play a big part in the social contraction and actions that individuals take art in. To understand this theory better with looking at Baltimore you have to look at the population where the Broken Windows method is being used.
Baltimore has the largest population of Maryland, with about 621,000 residences, resulting in 60 percent African American, 30 percent of whites, and about 4 percent of Hispanic/Latinos (cite top of pg 12). Baltimore also has a high level of poverty comparing to the nation average; this has a cause effect of problems with lack of education, unemployment, public funding, and higher crime. These problems didn’t just come out of nowhere, Baltimore’s history has been tainted with racial discrimination and racial disparities going all the way back to the 1910s with their block to block segregation policies, to the 1950s schools being segregation and to current times. (pg
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Looking at reports from 2010–2014, BPD officers in the Western and Central Districts recorded more than 111,500 stops. This amount was only about 44 percent of the total stops that were actually recorded. Also note that a majority of these accounted numbers were towards young black males in areas of concentrated disadvantage. (cite on page 25-26) these stops went as far as individuals getting about ten to thirty encounters with police, with many a majority of the time with no criminal charges.

(Pg 27) Law enforcement when stopping a person should be justifiable, quick, and protecting civil rights. This is not what has been occurring among the police and citizens of Baltimore. Many of the encounters were unconstitutional stops, arrest and unjustifiable methods of searching.
The discriminating numbers towards African Americans does not only hurt the individual being questioned; it hurts the surrounding

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