Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review Monday of all 14 consent decrees made with police departments under the Obama administration, casting doubt on whether those agreements — which the Justice Department had ordered to accelerate police reform — would survive the Trump era.“Local control and local accountability are necessary for effective local policing,” Sessions wrote in the two-page memo.
“It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.“None of this is surprising.
Sessions has long sought to delegitimize reports that police departments have engaged in rampant civil rights abuses against black residents. At a press conference in February, he dismissed the DOJ’s findings about the Chicago police, even though he hadn’t read them. Read more.(4/4/2017 2:02 PM)