Commissioner Kevin Davis 'disappointed' in DOJ's consent decree delay

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said he’s committed to the police reform process, despite the Justice Department’s request for more time to review the proposed consent decree.

UPDATE: Despite DOJ delay, Baltimore pledges to move forward with reforms

Davis held a press conference Tuesday saying the department is “ready to roll with the consent decree,” and has fully cooperated with the Department of Justice since their initial investigation began last year.

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Baltimore Police and Mayor Catherine Pugh were hit with a sudden request Monday for more time to see how the proposed police reform changes might conflict with new Attorney General Jeff Sessions' crime-fighting agenda. The government's request for a 90-day continuance came three days before a scheduled hearing before a federal judge.

Mayor Pugh and Commissioner Davis believed the proposed agreement would repair public trust in the police while also quelling violence. Davis said the consent decree included measures such as mandatory police training and technology, reforms to body-worn cameras and to the police taser policy, as well as increased transparency.

“Those reforms are going to take place no matter what,” Davis said.

He went on to say he‘s disappointed in the delay and doesn’t think it’s necessary, yet reiterated the department's dedication to the police reform process.

"It’ll make us better, it’ll make the city better and it’ll make our relationships with the community better."

Watch the full press conference below:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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