Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including Timothy Mygatt, deputy chief of the Special Litigation Section, came to OSI-Baltimore’s office yesterday to talk to local advocates and community groups about the Consent Decree, signed by the DOJ, the City of Baltimore, and the Baltimore Police Department in January. (Read OSI-Baltimore’s statement about the Consent Decree.)
Mygatt reported that U.S. District Court Judge James K. Bredar, who is overseeing the Consent Decree, has requested public comment in writing by March 7th and scheduled a public hearing for April 6 to hear public commentary. Baltimore residents can submit comment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While many in Baltimore are eager for Judge Bredar to sign and codify the consent decree, Mygatt and his colleagues assured those in attendance that the judge was following a similar process to the ones followed in other cities with consent decrees, including New Orleans and Ferguson, Missouri.