Baltimore Sun–7 hours ago
The more than two dozen teams vying to monitor the court-ordered civil rights reforms at the Baltimore Police Department give the city a choice of two different paths: drawing on people with deep local knowledge or hiring a group with a track record in other big cities.
The proposed budgets for the monitor’s office range from $5 million to $7.4 million for five years’ work. The overall cost of implementing the reforms in that period is budgeted to be $41.5 million.
Under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department used civil rights investigations and consent decrees to bring changes to local police departments. But current Attorney General Jeff Sessions has questioned their value and ordered a review.