FIRED! Baltimore cops terminated after Justice Department finds pattern of egregious racist abuses
Riot police holding their position during a protest in Baltimore, Maryland against the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, on April 25, 2015 (AFP Photo/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

Baltimore police have fired some officers in the wake of a scathing review by the U.S. Department of Justice.


Kevin Davis, the city's police commissioner, said Wednesday that the department has already fired officers who committed the most egregious violations outlined in the federal report, the Associated Press reported.

The report found that Baltimore police officers routinely target and discriminate against black people, use excessive force and are not adequately disciplined for misconduct.

The Justice Department is seeking a court order to force the police department to commit to improving its procedures to avoid a lawsuit.

Davis said the department was committed to making meaningful changes, but he said those could take some time.

The Justice Department investigated alleged police misconduct for nearly a year, following riots triggered by the death of Freddie Gray.

All the officers involved in his death, which was ruled a homicide, have been acquitted.