Baltimore Brew: Courts share blame for our police accountability problem by Todd Oppenheim:
Chipping away at Fourth Amendment rights has unintended consequences
If we are ever going to fix the mess that we’re in here in Baltimore and around the country – the chronic police mistreatment of citizens, primarily citizens of color – our judicial system has to step up and hold law enforcement’s feet to the fire. All too often, they don’t.
The role of the courts often gets left out of the conversation on police accountability. Reform is a comprehensive concept involving improved training of police officers, internal accountability within departments, tighter legislation from elected officials, but also an ultimate check from judges when things go wrong.