Last year, a federal judge approved a consent decree between the city of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice, mandating sweeping police reforms.

KELLY: For first, I'll say there is optimism and hope that eventually there will be this change. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is considering hiring a former acting Baltimore Police commissioner - a recent critic of the agency and an advocate for tougher policing tactics - for a role in City Hall where he would advise her on crime policy. In the second year, we are starting to move on with implementation,” he said. RAY KELLY: Immediately we knew that we were back to square one. Languages. It was about jobs. “I think the first year was actually structuring how to come up with the plan. And my organization will be out on the corner of Penn-North tomorrow actually passing out masks. Do you feel... KELLY: And it's still about those things. KELLY: So because of the progression of my role as an advocate into now being part of the monitoring team, I know that there has been monumental steps in... KELLY: ...The direction of policy reform within the department, training techniques, community involvement. The decree is expected to take five years or longer to fully implement. His name was Freddie Gray, and his death sparked days of protests and civil unrest. Get updates on the coronavirus pandemic and other news as it happens with our free breaking news email alerts. He said he’s applied to have the job permanently, which requires approval by the Baltimore Community Mediation Center board. All rights reserved. Kelly replaces Shantay Guy, who said previously that she joined Baltimore Community Mediation Center, after leaving a job as a technology project manager at T. Rowe Price, as a way to heal the community after the 2015 riots following the death of Freddie Gray. We're going to overcome it. CHANG: So do you feel that what happened in 2015 sparked any meaningful change on those fronts? But still in our communities, we are still seen as the cause of the problem. CHANG: So do you think it's just a matter of time, that with more time, the changes that are being made at the policy level will filter down to the street level? The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. We're also living in this very difficult time where we are seeing communities of color taking some of the hardest hits during this pandemic. CHANG: It does. May 1, 2015. Can you tell me how much west Baltimore has been affected so far? The next quarterly court hearing, where city, Police Department, and Justice Department officials must gather before Bredar, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 at the U.S. District Courthouse in Baltimore. As advocates, we tried to get these issues addressed before it got to that point, but it was unsuccessful. We're doing what we can. CHANG: I'm hearing you talk about instability at the top levels of government in Baltimore, and it makes me wonder about other aspects of life beyond policing because the unrest that we saw in your city back in 2015, it wasn't just about the policing. The monitoring team is hosting its next quarterly forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Edgewood Lyndhurst Recreation Center, 849 Allendale St. The nonprofit Baltimore Community Mediation Center was chosen by the city and Justice Department to join the monitoring team, which includes legal and law enforcement experts. Ray Kelly, a Sandtown-Winchester resident who previously headed the No Boundaries Coalition of Central West Baltimore and advocated for constitutional policing reforms, has … Year two of Baltimore Police consent decree will focus on training: stops, searches, use of force and more. “We need to get more residents involved in the process and have that feedback.”. Governor's Volunteer Service Award . 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NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. He told me that Freddie Gray's death turned back the clock on years of efforts to build trust between police and residents. Here’s a what you need to know about the consent decree.

Kelly said serving as part of the monitoring team will provide “an opportunity to further the community's influence,” and he said he wants to get more residents involved about the process. It just exploded in our faces. English. It's our culture to work through it as black people. Does that make sense? This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Guy is now the chief operating officer of the LEADERship, a nonprofit program of the Greater Baltimore Committee, according to the GBC’s website. He told me that Freddie Gray's death turned back the clock on …

The plan must still be approved by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar who is enforcing the consent decree.

“I believe that this monitoring role gives me an opportunity to leverage my relationships and my experience to give the community access,” Kelly said Friday. So if you put it in context, we've had three mayors, four commissioners - maybe five commissioners. So my fear is that a lot of our people are going to try to tough it out. Until that peace stabilizes, it's going to be all but impossible to move into actual change. Ray C. Kelly Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland. The role calls upon him to serve as the lead community liaison for the monitoring team overseeing the consent decree reached between the city and U.S. Justice Department that mandates numerous policing reforms. As we always say, we shall persevere.

Ray Kelly, a Sandtown-Winchester resident who previously headed the No Boundaries Coalition of Central West Baltimore and advocated for constitutional policing reforms, has been named interim executive director of the Baltimore Community Mediation Center. But I also feel that it's hard to get a appointment with the doctor to give you a recommendation to go get a test.

After a year of largely rewriting polices, the Baltimore Police Department will begin retraining officers next year, which some observers hope will result in noticeable reforms. How to decipher the status of your Maryland vote-by-mail ballot. Eventually, Baltimore signed a consent decree to reform policing in the city, but we wanted to know how much that has actually changed daily life for Baltimore residents, especially African Americans. CHANG: Ray Kelly is principal at the Citizens Policing Project.

Copyright © 2020 NPR. Five years ago, the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray in police custody sparked civil unrest. It was about health care. And my fear is that priorities will take over, and they'll feel like they have to continue to go to work to try to support their family, and they'll get sick and get their families sick. Organizations. Baltimore City amendments that would curb mayor’s power expected to pass, Ravens’ John Harbaugh says he received no word from officials on controversial final play vs. Steelers, ‘Settling for Biden’: the moral dilemma of a Biden presidency | COMMENTARY, Howard County man files lawsuit alleging Baltimore police officer pulled gun on him when he was a teen, Two men killed in East Baltimore shooting on Election Day, Baltimore police charge two men with shooting a ballot box security guard last month, Voters approve all seven charter amendments in Anne Arundel; unopposed judges each top 100,000 votes, With votes counted, Tobin, Silkworth and Frank appear to win seats on Anne Arundel school board. I mean, we've been talking about all these challenges in your city. During the team selection process, some observers had requested a local partner that would be better equipped to engage residents from different communities. The distrust is still there.

Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information. Ashiah Parker is serving as interim director of the No Boundaries Coalition. Ray Kelly is a community leader who served on the Baltimore Community Oversight Task Force. CHANG: How much would you say policing in Baltimore has changed the last five years?

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