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United States of America v. Police Department of Baltimore City et al

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/925056/download

Text of the consent decree reached between the U.S. and Baltimore  relating to unconstitutional actions of the city police department.  Covers police/community interactions, use of force, transportation of persons in custody, handling of reports of sexual assault and more.  From the Justice Department

 

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with City of Baltimore to Reform Police Department’s Unconstitutional Practices

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-agreement-city-baltimore-reform-police-department-s

Press release summarizing key points to consent decree with Baltimore city officials to resolve findings of federal investigation that the city’s police department engaged in practices that violate the Constitution.  Includes links to text  and Consent Decree Fact Sheet.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department

 

Investigation of the Chicago Police Department

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/925846/download

Full text of the 161 page document.  From the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois

 

Justice Department Announces Findings of Investigation into Chicago Police Department

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-investigation-chicago-police-department

Following a year-long investigation, the report accused the police department of engaging in a pattern of using excessive force, including deadly force, which it blames on deficiencies in training and accountability.  Includes a summary of the report with links to findings, a fact sheet, and the text of the agreement in principle between Chicago and the federal authorities.  From the Justice Department

 

Groundbreaking Land Cover Data to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/blog/post/groundbreaking_land_cover_data_to_support_chesapeake_bay_restoration_effort

Announces the completion of the Chesapeake Bay High Resolution Land Cover Project to improve information about the features of the Bay watershed landscape.  Enhances evaluation efforts on progress toward reducing the amount of pollution flowing into the Bay.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program

 

Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

Categories: Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Homeland Security,Privacy,Terrorism

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/16_1028_S1_CVE_strategy.pdf

Calls for linking federal and local efforts in opposing violent extremism around four major goals.  From the Department of Homeland Security

 

Water Infrastructure: Information on Selected Midsize and Large Cities with Declining Populations

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Public Works

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679783.pdf

Examines the economic characteristics of such cities and their water/wastewater infrastructure needs, strategies used to respond to such needs, and what existing federal programs could assist these cities. From the Government Accountability Office

 

Teacher Preparation Issues

Categories: Careers,Education,Education-Higher,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www2.ed.gov/documents/teaching/teacher-prep-final-regs.pdf

Final regulations for a new program of evaluating teacher preparation programs by states.  Includes placement and retention rates of graduates in first three years of teaching, feedback from graduates and their employers on effectiveness of program preparation, teacher evaluation results and more.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

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