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Nonconsensual Consent Decree

Scott Calvert and Aruna Viswanatha report for the WSJ:

BALTIMORE--A federal judge on Friday approved a legally binding overhaul of the Baltimore Police Department to address concerns about racially biased practices, despite repeated Justice Department requests to put the brakes on the Obama-era agreement.
The decision by U.S. District Judge James Bredar means the 227-page consent decree--finalized between the city and Obama administration days before President Donald Trump took office in January--now carries the force of law and is to be implemented under the watch of an independent monitor.
The misuse of consent decrees is a subject Congress should look into.

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