Judge Holds Hearing on Baltimore Change

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A judge overseeing a federal oversight program requiring sweeping police reforms will quiz Baltimore authorities on their progress.

Just last week, U.S. District Judge James Bredar expressed doubts that the city's police department has the leadership or resources to put the mandated reforms into place.

On Thursday, Bredar will hold the second hearing to reveal how initial progress is going.

Earlier this year, Bredar described the relationship between Baltimore police and the community it serves as "fundamentally broken."

Baltimore and the Justice Department entered into the decree last year after federal investigators detailed longstanding patterns of racial profiling and excessive force. A scathing report followed the 2015 in-custody death of a black man.

The force has gone through three commissioners since then and was humiliated by a major corruption scandal.

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