"What is inside of that consent decree is absolutely what we need to not only reform the police department, but gain that trust that we need in our communities", Pugh said.
PUGH: Well, I think that - well, we don't see the consent decree as taking over the police department. In each, the Justice Department found evidence of a "pattern or practice" of biased policing on a wider scale than any individual officer.
As one of the final acts of Obama's administration, the Justice Department issued a report of the Chicago Police Department after a 13-month review.
The Justice Department on Monday filed a motion with a judge seeking a delay before putting in place a consent decree that would mandate reforms. He also directed the deputy attorney general and the associate attorney general to review "all department activities-including collaborative investigations and prosecutions" to ensure they follow his lead.
"I don't know if the officer was anxious, but he shouldn't have been the judge, jury and executioner", said Darlene Cain, who said she lost her 29-year-old son.
But James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed Sessions' memo as "gratifying". "The sooner people stop pointing accusatory fingers at the FOP contract and stop campaigning on an anti-police (platform) and get back to campaigning on an anti-crime platform, the sooner we can address the real issues that our most vulnerable Chicagoans face day in and day out".
On Monday, Sessions called for a review for all investigations and consent decrees with troubled police departments initiated under Obama administration. "It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies".
Davis said he and Mayor Catherine Pugh are "both disappointed" that the Justice Department asked for more time to "review and assess" the proposed agreement, which is pending in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and must be approved by a judge if it is to become binding. Gurman reported from Washington.
Its release was met with sharp rebukes from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union of OH, which strongly encourages police reform efforts.
The DOJ opened more than 20 investigations into city police departments during the Obama administration.
The federal government cited several reasons for the requested delay, including new Justice Department policies that federal officials say are aimed at reducing crime. However, in New Orleans, critics said a consent decree cost the city millions and recommendations took officers off patrol to complete paperwork.
"The Attorney General and the new leadership in the Department are actively developing strategies to support the thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country that seek to prevent crime and protect the public", Justice officials said in their filing. "It says if you're going to do it, you have to do it in a constitutional way and do it with a community component". Most of the reforms have already been done.
About 50 Baltimore residents testified at an hours-long public hearing on a proposed agreement between the city and the Justice Department to overhaul the city's police force. Like the other decrees now under review, this agreement mandated a set of changes at the department created to reduce police violence and systemic racism, including the appointment of a federal monitor and training for all officers about implicit bias. Jeff Sessions says officers do unsafe work every day. He said the union was hopeful reforms would bring new training and technology to officers in Newark.
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