- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Justice Department is set to release a blistering critique of the Baltimore Police Department on Wednesday, with the long-awaited review finding that officers routinely stopped, frisked or arrested black residents with little legal justification, according to media reports.

Among the findings reported by the Baltimore Sun, police officers also frequently used excessive force in situations that did not warrant such measures and were found to have regularly retaliated against individuals who were exercising their right to free speech and free assembly.

Black residents were said to be disproportionately affected by the officers’ actions.

The New York Times, which obtained a copy of the report on Tuesday, reported that black residents accounted for 95 percent of the 410 people who were stopped more than 10 times by police. In one example highlighted in the Justice Department report, a black man in his mid-fifties was stopped by Baltimore police 30 times in less than four years, the Times reported. None of the stops led to any citation or arrest.

The Justice Department opened the review last year to determine whether the police department had engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or federal law after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered mortal injuries while being transported in the back of a police van. He was handcuffed but left unrestrained and his neck was broken during the ride.

His death set off waves of violent protests in the city as residents decried unfair treatment by police.

SEE ALSO: Baltimore prosecutors drop charges against three remaining officers in Freddie Gray case

Six officers faced criminal charges in connection with Gray’s death. But after three officers were acquitted of charges, the Baltimore state’s attorney last month dropped all charges against the remaining three officers.

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