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Mayor launches online portal: Consent decree will be 'transparent and open process'

Mayor launches online portal: Consent decree will be 'transparent and open process'

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Baltimore’s mayor has launched an online portal to provide information about the Consent Decree, which outlines reforms for the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).

The website will allow the public to follow proceedings, see a timeline and learn about oversight opportunities.

“This is going to be a transparent and open process because we need the community’s input to make true reforms to the Baltimore Police Department and to continue to build a stronger relationship between the community and police,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Applicants are now being sought to oversee implementation of the decree, including members of the Civilian Oversight Task Force (COTF) and an Independent Monitor.

Five voting members will be appointed to the COTF, after a vetting process, and the deadline for applications is May 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Applicants must be Baltimore City residents and will be required to meet for at least 10 hours a month.

Candidates wishing to apply for the Independent Monitor vacancy can apply on the City Purchasing Department and United States District Court of Maryland websites.

Those looking to apply to be a member of the COTF can find the application on the new portal: consentdecree.baltimorecity.gov.

A Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the BPD was launched shortly after Freddie Gray's death, in May 2015, and the resulting consent decree, was announced by the DOJ and Baltimore City officials in January 2017.

The decree was approved by a judge in April 2017, despite new DOJ requests for a delay.

To access the new portal visit http://consentdecree.baltimorecity.gov/

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