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Baltimore needs more money for police reforms

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says the city will press ahead with efforts to reform its police department, but wants the Justice Department to commit to a court-ordered plan to fix problems with how officers enforce the law.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says the city will press ahead with efforts to reform its police department, but wants the Justice Department to commit to a court-ordered plan to fix problems with how officers enforce the law.

The Justice Department on Monday filed a motion with a judge seeking a delay before putting in place a consent decree that would mandate reforms. It was developed following an investigation that found excessive use of force and other abuses by the police department.

Pugh said Tuesday that the city has already begun the reforms, but needs more money and support from the federal government to complete the process. She says the city has set aside some money for improvements, and while it's "not nearly enough," it's "enough to get things moving."

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