Criminal charges have been filed. The citywide curfew has been lifted. But what’s next for Baltimore and community-cop relations around the country?
Tomorrow, Tuesday May 5, the Kellogg Foundation hosts a panel at its America Healing Conference with a strong lineup of police, federal officials, and civil rights leaders to explore this question. Watch the live stream here, starting at 8:15am ET. Among the panelists will be Melanca Clark, chief of staff at the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which partners with local police agencies to update and reform internal practices. COPS is often seen as the less threatening option to police reform, compared to the Civil Rights Division.
For more on COPS, check out The Marshall Project’s recent report on the department and the work Baltimore police initiated six months before Freddie Gray died.