Trump's Justice Department Second Guesses Consent Decrees

"The attorney general's approach is to assist, not hinder law enforcement, and we support his directive", he added.

President Trump would like to terminate the two dozen agreements reached between police departments and the Obama administration.

The Obama administration compiled one such report following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died after suffering a spinal injury in a police van when officers failed to properly restrain him with seat belts.

"The AG talks about local control, and wanting to defer to local control, you have to wonder why there wasn't an engagement with the commissioner in Baltimore", Gupta said. Mayor, thanks so much for being with us. Taken literally, that's unquestionably true, and the Obama Department of Justice wouldn't have disagreed.

Emanuel on Tuesday evening said he could not "speak for the Justice Department" before again stating his commitment to proceed with ongoing reform efforts. The Department of Justice filed a scathing report that concluded the police force engaged in discriminatory and unconstitutional practices.

But it's unlikely that the city of Baltimore is going to try to weaken the decree, because the mayor and police commissioner have both said they want the issue resolved now. The request was specifically timed to push back a public hearing about the decree.

The hearing began at 9:30 a.m. and was scheduled to wrap up at 5 p.m. Now all of this is being delayed. And the only thing they asked me was.

The way it usually works is, say you're looking at [a specific provision] of a consent decree.

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Whether Sessions succeeds in terminating the existing consent decrees with 14 cities or not, there will nearly certainly be no more such arrangements under the Trump regime. "As long as the judges stand strong, these jurisdictions will stand strong", said Jonathan Smith, a longtime Civil Rights Division attorney who now serves as executive director of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. But what we do know is that the cost to creating trust between the police department and the community is unmeasurable.

Although Sessions has concerns about how Justice Department investigations affect morale among police officers, it's worth noting that the DOJ's extensive investigation mentioned the tough work Baltimore cops had to do under hard conditions. In other words, under Trump, even the most dramatic and shocking cases of police murder of Black citizens will not be allowed to trigger department-wide reforms of the police.

But some Baltimore residents don't think that police reform will change anything and think the city's priorities are off.

The reforms haven't been cheap for the city, and the federal government isn't footing the bill. The decree, which calls for an impartial federal monitor to observe the department and instructs police officers to use de-escalation tactics before resorting to violence, still needs to be approved by a federal judge.

It will likely end hopes for a consent decree to bring federal oversight of the CPD.

PUGH: The federal dollars will go away. A recent survey showed public satisfaction and confidence in the police have improved.

"The city of Baltimore is ready to move forward to rebuild the important relationship which exists between the community and our police department", she said in a statement. I mean, President Trump, Jeff Sessions have talked a lot about this as a way to up the morale of police forces who have felt demoralized by all the attacks made on them. It talks about the need for better training. Actively participating in a consent decree, he said, will help bolster faith in that process.

"Jeff Sessions' entire career in the justice system is rooted in racism and anti-blackness", Asa Khalif, who leads Pennsylvania Black Lives Matter, told me.