What's Up With the NAACP?
OK, I am going to show you why the City is paying out way more in settlements than they should and how special interests groups like the NAACP are doing the black community a real disservice. It all begins with O'Malley, like everything else that's bad about Maryland.  
Recent changes in the MD Local Government Tort Claims Act (LGTCA)raised the amount that someone could sue and recover damages due to the negligence of local governments. The amount was $200,000 but in 2016, it was raised to $400,000 for each individual claim and $800,000.00 for total of all claims arising from the same event (up from the previous limit of $400,000.00) So why did the City settle the lawsuit filed by the NAACP for $620,000 more than what they were legally responsible to pay? More importantly, why did the City settle with the family of Freddie Gray for $6,000,000 before a lawsuit was even filed? It was because of the City's knowledge that the problems existed in the Baltimore Police Department, as far back as 2006 and up to the time of the United States Department of Justice, Division of Civil Rights investigation into the pattern and practices of the department, that these problems were not fixed. In fact, it seemed to only exascerbate the problem. Because of this fact, the caps on the awards available under the MD LGTCA were out and the awards could be much higher. Now, if the City would have went to trial and lost in these cases, the officials would have been required to testify, thereby subjecting them to perjury on the stand. If they told the truth, their negligence would have been uncovered and not only could they be liable for the awards available under the caps, those officals would be subject to an award on top of that. The taxpayers would only be liable for the amount of the award that was over the caps and those officials who stood by and did nothing would be held personally responsible. That is why they are always sued in their capacity in the office they hold, but in the individual capacity, as well. They protected themselves from liability using our money and they covered for their criminal acts by making sure no one would ever prosecuted. Here's how they accomplished that. 
In 1999, when O'Malley was elected Mayor of Baltimore, he initiated his zero tolerance police policy. It was a policing strategy that led to thousands of illegal arrests and was blamed by the Justice Department for the ongoing illegal practices of the police department. It focused on officers making petty arrests for spitting on the sidewalk or drinking a beer. It focused almost exclusively on the African American community, a fact that means that zero tolerance was not just illegal and ineffective but actually responsible for the persistent violence and poverty that continues to afflict black communities in the city. In 2006, the NAACP filed a lawsuit against the City of Baltimore for the unconstitutional actions of the police department. It named O'Malley, former police commissioners Leonard Hamm, Edward Norris, Kevin Clark, and Fred Bealefeld, along with former Mayor Sheila Dixon, as defendants. 
In 2010, the NAACP settled the lawsuit with the City for $870,000 and agreed to appoint an outside auditor to review "quality of life arrests" due to "a broad pattern of abuse" in the police department. Another auditor had already been in place after another multi-million dollar lawsuit that had been settled earlier against the City that alleged widespread racial discrimination. The details of that settlement mandated that the settlement be kept confidential. The President of the NAACP, at the time, was Ben Jealous. Now, this means that the City acknowledged that the problems existed, as far back as 2006 but remained defiant on correcting the behavior. This is an important fact, one that you will recognize in a moment but armed with this acknowledgement, Mr. Jealous weilded a lot of power in ensuring that reforms were made, however, he obviously decided not to use it. While citizens were wasting their time filing complaints about police misconduct, because those complaints were not investigated properly, Mr. Jealous could have been a fierce advocate for them in obtaining justice by standing in support of them. He remained silent.

In 2016, as a result of the same tactics that the City already acknowledged existed in the aforementioned settlements, Freddie Gray died in police custody. Everybody knows what happened in response. The City was caught up in a period of violence and civil disobedience. After fumbling the response of City and State law enforcement assets, the Governor and the Mayor restored order by promising more reforms to the department. Mr. Jealous was surprisingly quiet, at this time. Being that he was the President of the NAACP, he missed a golden opportunity to establish himself, as the front runner for the Office of Governor in November had he been engaged. I suppose running for Governor was not on his radar then or else you would have seen him everywhere. I didn't and I was out there too. Why is this all important? I'm going to get to that now.  
In something resembling the protection rackets run by the mafia, the City of Baltimore devised their own protection scheme to save them from criminal prosecution. In the first action that could be taken in the General Assembly in 2011, immediately following the 2010 settlement, State Senator Lisa Gladden, along with Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams, submitted legislation that effectively blocked people from accessing the grand jury in Baltimore City alone. This was a way in which citizens could present charges to them when the State's Attorney for Baltimore City refused to. The State's Attorney routinely abuses their discretion in this aspect by not presenting complaints against senior City officials, as they should. The only agency in the City with the authority to investigate complaints of corruption brought by people is the Inspector General. The Mayor, it has been reported, ordered the Inspector not to investigate any complaints against City Hall officials. See that report here.  

As for the federal government, the only official with the authority to present charges to the federal grand jury is the US Attorney. There is no provision like the one Maryland State has that allows the public to access that body.  We rely on the US Attorney to provide the oversight necessary when the State turns their back on us but we are finding out more everyday that the US Attorney's Office is a part of the protection racket and not doing the work of the people, as he should.