Social media users went haywire after a recent Department of Justice report revealed evidence of racism and injustice within Baltimore’s police force. On Aug. 10, the phrases “Baltimore Police Department,” “Justice Department” and the hashtag #DOJReport were all trending on Twitter following the release of the shocking report.

Kwame Rose

Kwame Rose

“The DOJ report adds very little new information. For the most part it just confirms on paper what we’ve all been saying,” tweeted Baltimore activist Kwame Rose.

The 163-page document detailed racial and gender discrimination, excessive force, and injustice. The investigation for this report was sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man who died from spinal injuries while in police custody last April. His death ignited riots in Baltimore and protests against police brutality across the country.

SherrilynIfill

Sherrilyn Ifill

“300,000 stops in 5 years. But only 3.7% of stops result in citation or arrest. Worse than I thought. #DOJReport #Baltimore,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wrote on Twitter.

“It’s so much easier to focus on the frustrated reaction & call them ‘thugs’ than confront the abuse of power in plain sight. #Baltimore,” Ifill added.

DeRay McKesson

DeRay McKesson

Baltimore activist DeRay McKesson also weighed in on the report. “The DOJ’s latest report re: the @BaltimorePolice is important, as it clearly outlines the scope & intensity of the civil rights violations,” tweeted McKesson. “Following the report, we will begin to press for a clear consent decree that will outline the required next steps for the @BaltimorePolice.”

Johnetta Elzie

Johnetta Elzie

Black Lives Matter leader and civil rights activist Johnetta Elzie retweeted several of the most shocking quotes from the report. She also responded to a video of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake saying that the results of the report are hard to hear. Elzie tweeted: “@MayorSRB hasn’t been actively listening for quite some time.”

Laura Coates

Some felt that the police needed to take more responsibility for the accounts in the report. CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Laura Coates tweeted, “Anyone else tired of the preface, ‘this is not an indictment on all police officers’? #Baltimore #DOJReport #DOJOnBPD.”

Samuel Sinyangwe

Samuel Sinyangwe

Activist Samuel Sinyangwe also wanted to hold police accountable for the documents findings. He tweeted, “Why do they close failing schools but not failing police departments?”

While some were shocked by the results, for many the report just verified their pre-existing beliefs about police interactions with African Americans. “Biased zero tolerance policing is not a myth. It’s the everyday reality that Black people live every day,” tweeted Rose.

Many users across the Web shared the sentiment. One user tweeted, “#DOJReport confirms what many have stated for years. Racial profiling.  Excessive force. Civil rights violations. Round and round it goes….”

Still, some are hoping that this report will lead to improvements in the police force.  One user wrote: “DOJ Investigation into @BaltimorePolice is scathing! I hope it changes things! We need police to do their jobs not harass etc!