The order signaled a major shift in the department's emphasis on brokering consent decrees to reform police departments, most notably in Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri. "We want to work with our police department".
The memo quickly raised alarm among former officials who have worked on reform efforts.
Sessions is facing criticism for ordering the Justice Department to review existing police reform agreements with troubled police forces nationwide.
Trump's drastic budget cuts would be a "silent killer" of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division.
Advocates who spoke with The Stranger also don't seem anxious about Sessions' announcement.
Both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations pursued investigations and forced departments to reform. But it's entirely consistent with Sessions' view of federalism and race, and his decades-long tolerance for rampant police and prosecutorial misconduct.
To that end, during the Barack Obama administration, the Department of Justice launched oversight programs with many struggling police departments.
Last month, a dozen organizations and about 50 individual residents submitted written comments, critiques and recommendations on the proposed consent decree.
However, U.S. District Court Judge James K. Bredar denied that request today-not for political reasons, but because it was made just days before a scheduled public hearing about the decree, which had been scheduled since February, the Baltimore Sun reports. In Detroit, police jailed suspects' family members and friends without cause. Why, as a local official, wouldn't that be appealing to you?
Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which has advocated for police reform, said the government has only investigated "the worst offenders" - 25 departments out of some 18,000 since 2009.
The administration can't unilaterally unwind consent decrees without court approval, so it's unclear whether Sessions' directive could impact the negotiated settlement that led to federal oversight of the Oakland, Calif., police previous year.
One of these agreements was reached in Baltimore after the Freddie Gray case that left a man dead after a fatal auto ride in a police cruiser. Maybe Sessions feels that police unions, which are the single most destructive force in preventing local reform, have all the answers when they fight for less accountability and transparency for line officers. "They can provide important guidance when change has been hard to achieve in other ways", he said. It found the department mishandled sexual assault cases, and that officers were poorly trained and supervised.
Sessions' announcement made no promises about the federal government's commitment to far-reaching reforms.
Marshall resigned in 2015 amid an investigation into a relationship she had with a subordinate. It talks about the need for better training.
"It's not about bad police officers". The memo directs his department to review, among other things, "current and contemplated consent decrees" to ensure they are in line with Sessions' views on policing and public safety. And this is from almost 18,000 police agencies in America.
Spokeswoman Najla Haywood of the COPS office said she could not discuss the issue, referring questions to Justice Department headquarters. Do you even know? "I'm not sure what that means, especially for Seattle", said Kevin Stuckey, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild.
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