Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: “I’m very proud that we stand in a position where the federal government wants to work in collaboration with us”
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1. According to my copy of Websters Dictionary proud means : very happy and pleased because of something you have done, something you own, someone you know or are related to, etc. : feeling pride
: causing someone to feel very happy and pleased : causing a feeling of pride
In the past, cities across the country have entered into agreements, called consent decrees, that have allowed the federal government to force police departments to enact policies that curb racial profiling, improper interrogation and illegal search and seizure, among other things. The exact terms and conditions vary in each case, and the deals are lifted only with the approval of a federal judge. Some such cities are Ferguson Ms.(still active), Seattle cracked down on protesters at a World Trade Organization meeting in 1999, Los Angeles Police Department a decade after the beating of Rodney King in 1991 and the riots that followed, the Justice Department entered into a consent decree with the Los Angeles Police, New Orleans, and its local government for civilian deaths caused by police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and Oakland Ca. entered into a settlement with more than 100 plaintiffs in 2003 that mandated a number of police reforms.
In the case of Baltimore the Federal Government is sending in help from the FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshal, and U.S. Secret Service. This is in addition to calls for Justice Department intervention.
News Flash Mayor Rawlings-Blake : The Feds. are not coming for tea and crumpets, they are not bringing awards and holding ceremonies
In my not always humble opinion the spin factor on using the word “proud” to describe your response to the utter public failure of you and your entire administration would cause a new level of whiplash! To garner such a multi agency effort is not because you are doing a bang up job! Baltimore is broken you are the elected leader it is your mandate to lead in a way that leaves your beloved Charm City all the better, certainly not this.
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