News from Representative Cummings

   
July 31, 2017

Dear friend,

The City of Baltimore, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) are moving toward implementation of the Consent Decree.  The Court must now appoint an Independent Monitor team to ensure that Baltimore City and BPD remain in compliance with the decree.  As part of that process, Baltimore City, BPD, and DOJ have been accepting Monitor Team applications and will make a recommendation to the Court.  From a pool of 26 applications, 6 groups have been selected to interview and two finalists will be announced online by August 8.  These two finalists will present to the community at upcoming forums during the week of August 14.

It is important that the Monitor team—which will be charged with listening to your concerns—has the trust of our community, so your input in this process is vital.  I am encouraging you to attend one of the community forums scheduled for you to hear from the teams and ask questions.  The forums will take place at the following locations from 6:00-8:00pm:

     • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in the Fine Arts Auditorium, at the Baltimore City Community College Liberty Campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215;
     • and Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in the Student Center – Ballroom C at Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251.
 
You may submit questions for the finalist teams to answer during the public forums to Baltimore.Consent.Decree@usdoj.gov by Sunday, August 13. 
 
If you are unable to attend one of the forums, you can watch live on CharmTV on Channel 25 or online.  You may also submit comments and feedback to Baltimore.Consent.Decree@usdoj.gov through Wednesday, August 23.
 
For more information regarding the selection process and the Consent Decree, click here.

Sincerely,


Elijah E. Cummings


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