Office of Civil Rights Becomes Independent Agency in Baltimore

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In a move that is being widely praised by all sectors of the legal and Civil Rights community in Baltimore, Mayor Jack Young has made the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) an independent entity. As a standalone agency, the Baltimore Office of Civil Rights — which includes a board tasked with police oversight — will be perceived as legitimate following years of interdepartmental scandal.

The agency was formerly under the purview of the City Solicitor’s Office and was subject to numerous complaints about a perceived lack of objectivity. The office was also accused of being subject to undue influence from the city attorneys and board members who investigate police misconduct. Young stated that he wanted to take this step while city council president during the administration of former Mayor Catherine Pugh, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The Office of Civil Rights…

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