Baltimore Reacts to Searing Justice Department Report

A Justice Department investigation that laid bare a history of unconstitutional and discriminatory police practices in Baltimore drew sharp responses across the city Wednesday, including disgust for the tactics and reproach for the leadership that allowed them to take root.

In a 163-page report released Wednesday, Justice Department investigators concluded that the Baltimore Police Department had a pattern or practice of violating the rights of residents, particularly in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods, in virtually all aspects of daily police work — including targeting, stopping and searching black pedestrians and motorists in disproportionate numbers, dismissing the accounts of sexual assault survivors and infringing on protesters’ rights to free speech.