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Federal judge approves Baltimore policing consent decree, denying Justice Department request for delay

Federal judge approves Baltimore policing consent decree, denying Justice Department request for delay

A federal judge approved Friday the proposed consent decree between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice, mandating sweeping police reforms at a time of intense violence and deep community distrust in the city police.

In issuing the order, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar denied the Justice Department's request that he not sign the agreement for at least 30 days so Trump administration officials could assess the deal — which was reached in the waning days of the Obama administration.

"The time for negotiating the agreement is over," Bredar wrote. "The only question now is whether the Court needs more time to consider the proposed decree. It does...

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