Sessions review of Obama police reforms draws mixed reviews

Sessions review of Obama police reforms draws mixed reviews

Although similar consent decrees are already in place in 15 police departments across the land, including Cleveland, Albuquerque, and Ferguson, Missouri, Sessions' memo and request give heart to those involved in the freedom fight that 25 other "investigations" undertaken by the Obama administration into police wrongdoing aren't likely to proceed further, at least for the moment.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh speaks at a news conference at City Hall in Baltimore, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in response to the Department of Justice's request for a 90-day delay of a hearing on its proposed overhaul of th.

While local officials said Tuesday that an examination of North Charleston's police force remains on track, it's unclear whether a new U.S. Department of Justice mandate will affect the reform effort.

Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner say they want to transform law enforcement in a city that became emblematic of police abuses, excessive force and callous treatment of young black men.

U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. said during a court hearing in early January the administration of Donald Trump can not alter the reform plan mandated by a consent decree established in 2015. Officials wrote that a postponement of the hearing "at this late date, would inconvenience many, and would only serve to undermine, not build, public trust in the reform process".

The president of the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP, which has always been critical of how Cleveland police treat blacks and minorities, said Tuesday that Sessions' memo "is no more than politics being played out on the backs of victims of police brutality". FILE - In this June 23, 2016 file photo, members of the Baltimore Police Department patrol near the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenues, the site of unrest following Freddie Gray's funeral, in Baltimore. On. Civil rights activists are fearful that Sessions' memo could imperil agreements that have not been finalized, including an agreement with the Chicago Police Department. It's being seen as a potential sign that the new Justice Department could be backing away from the Obama-era reforms.

But Sessions as well as President Donald Trump are "law-and-order" politicians, defined by old school notions of getting tough on crime and giving police whatever they need.

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The agreement, known as a consent decree, was reached in January and mandated significant reforms to the Baltimore police force.

Nine high-ranking members of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) have met with President Donald Trump to discuss violent crime in US cities.

MCEVERS: But this law requires that the federal government investigate patterns of unconstitutional policing.

The issue arose after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that he'll review the effectiveness of existing and proposed consent decrees.

"There's no excuse for it", Trump said of the Windy City, adding "All of our citizens have the right to live every day in safety and peace". Accordingly, the motion for public fairness hearing is denied. The US Department of Justice is never going to get to those. "It will make the city better, and it'll make our relationships with the community better", Davis said.

The consent decree in Baltimore is an agreement in principle.

Craig, who came up through the Los Angeles Police Department during a time of implementation of obligations made in a consent agreement, said it would be less expensive to hire a police chief who would follow through on requirements for change rather than paying a monitor, a course of action that often doesn't sit well with police officers.

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