A few “bad apples” can change the culture of a whole police department. Honorable cops in Baltimore feel pressured to honor a “code of silence” and protect fellow officers who are corrupt or abusive, according to former NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous.
Jealous pitched a plan to change that culture alongside a coalition of community groups outside Baltimore City Hall last week. The coalition, called the Campaign for Justice, Safety and Jobs, came together in response to the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray in late April. At last week’s rally, they released a six-point plan for police reform that revolves around promoting police accountability and transparency.