Freddie Gray

Democracy In Crisis: The death of Freddie Gray and the future of police reform

Democracy In Crisis: The death of Freddie Gray and the future of police reform

On a cold and rainy day shortly after the election, I interviewed Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in his office overlooking the city's downtown.

Donald Trump had just nominated noted racist Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and the consent decree the city had been negotiating with the federal government to reform its police department was in question.

Davis is familiar with consent decrees—court-enforced legal agreements between city and federal agencies, in this case, the police department and the Department of Justice. He had been involved in them before, in other jurisdictions.

"We lived through a George W. consent decree, [with a]...

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