National police advocacy group calls on Trump administration to modify Baltimore’s consent decree

The Baltimore police consent decree “does a tremendous amount of harm,” a law enforcement advocacy group claims, and it is asking the Trump administration to modify reforms it calls too burdensome.

“[T]he Consent Decree is nothing more than an omnipotent and proverbial misguided hammer being brought down upon the wrong nail,” wrote Ed Hutchison, president of the National Police Association, in a letter addressed to President Donald Trump last week.

The letter suggests the U.S. Justice Department has the authority to modify the requirements under the federal consent decree, which Hutchison said are unrealistic expectations that are actually contributing to violence in the city.