Lynch presses Bal­ti­more on over­haul of po­lice prac­tices

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At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta E. Lynch on Thurs­day stepped up the pres­sure on Bal­ti­more of­fi­cials to reach a deal with the fed­eral govern­ment to over­haul the city’s po­lice prac­tices, say­ing “the ball is in the city’s court” to con­clude ne­go­ti­a­tions soon.

Ms. Lynch, who took of­fice in April 2015 as ri­ots roiled Bal­ti­more af­ter the death of a black man in po­lice cus­tody, said she in­tends to re­turn to Bal­ti­more in Jan­uary to give an up­date on ef­forts to reach a court-en­force­able con­sent de­cree.

Her state­ments seemed in­tended to pub­licly push Bal­ti­more to­ward a res­o­lu­tion and ap­peared to re­flect dis­ap­point­ment in the pace of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Though con­sent de­crees can take months to ne­go­ti­ate, the fed­eral govern­ment and Bal­ti­more al­ready had reached an agree­ment in prin­ci­ple by Au­gust, when the Jus­tice De­part­ment is­sued a re­port that iden­ti­fied dis­crim­i­na­tory polic­ing prac­tices and per­va­sive civil rights vi­o­la­tions.

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