- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore officials have released a detailed plan to reduce police brutality and misconduct in the city’s police department.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts released an action plan on Tuesday offering strategies to combat police misconduct. The plan comes just days after Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the Justice Department to conduct a review of the police department’s policies and procedures.

In the report Batts recommends increasing staff in the department’s Internal Affairs Division, which handles misconduct cases. Batts also recommends more training, expanding the scope of the department’s newly formed Force Investigative Team and developing a more robust early warning database to track all use-of-force incidents and lawsuits against officers. Batts also calls for increased transparency and pledges to provide the public with presentations on high-profile use-of-force incidents.

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