WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Friday on the appointment of Darryl DeSousa to lead the Baltimore Police Department.
“During this critical time in the life of the residents of Baltimore City, when violent crime has risen and trust in law enforcement has declined, it is essential that the Baltimore City Police Department be led by someone who understands that effective policing depends on the trust and confidence of the community. In our experience with Darryl DeSousa, as a member of our ground-breaking Hate Crimes Advisory Committee, he has demonstrated a philosophy that fighting crime and protecting Constitutional rights must be equally important to BPD’s mission. We look forward to supporting his efforts to promote sustainable, constitutional, and effective policing for the people of Baltimore City.”
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently launched a partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), which is focused on breaking down barriers and enhancing the relationship between law enforcement and communities that too often are the targets of hate crimes. DeSousa is a member of the Advisory Committee.