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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Welcomes Appointment Of New Baltimore Police Chief

For Immediate Release January 19, 2018

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.

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About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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