Trump's Justice Department Second Guesses Consent Decrees

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked a federal court for 90 days to review an agreement reached with Baltimore for the city to enact a series of police reforms in how officers use force and transport prisoners, court documents showed.

"I am pleased to learn that the request for a continuance by the Justice Department was denied by the federal judge overseeing the police consent decree", Pugh wrote in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

"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.

Justice Department attorney John Gore said Attorney General Jeff Sessions is anxious about "whether it will achieve the goals of public safety and law enforcement while at the same time protecting civil rights".

Some citizens harshly criticized the Baltimore Police Department at a public hearing and said it is so abusive and dysfunctional that the reforms outlined in a proposed agreement between the city and the Justice Department don't go far enough.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the decision.

Every speaker, including the attorney representing the city, urged the judge to accept a consent decree to reform the police department that already has been signed by the federal government and the city.

Deputies for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' asked Bredar to consider the postponement as the proposed reforms supposedly stood in opposition to the Trump administration's crime fighting agenda.

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In an interview, former Civil Rights Division official Christy Lopez told me these judges will likely be an important obstacle if Sessions moves to dissolve existing consent decrees or change their terms to make them less demanding.

"He has basically said that the federal government doesn't have any business in running local police departments, and by that I assume he means suing them under Section 14141", Yeomans said, referring to the Law Enforcement Misconduct Statute. "It will make us better, make the city better, and make our relationship with the community better". "We need to turn this police department around".

Officials say of Ferguson say they're making progress on the goals specified in the agreement with Washington.

The stand represents the start of what appears to be a retreat by the Trump administration from the federal consent decrees that have been put in place in several USA cities in recent years to root out racism, excessive force and other abuses against minorities. "I got the first computer in my vehicle in 1998", Davis said, referencing equipment he had while serving with the Prince George's County Police Department. Baltimore's mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city's police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department.

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.

"This is a court matter", Oliver said January 6. Bredar called the DOJ's request "untimely" in his denial, and the hearing will happen as scheduled.

Since then, a fatal police shooting last summer sparked two nights of violence unrest in the city's Sherman Park neighborhood and the ACLU of Wisconsin has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the Milwaukee Police Department of illegal stop-and-frisks targeting African-Americans and Latinos.

Wednesday's ruling does not guarantee that the Justice Department will enter into the agreement with the Baltimore police, but the public will now have the chance to weigh in on the reforms at an earlier date. Would Baltimore be in a position to be able to afford a consent decree? Police knew who the bad guys were, and they knew who the good guys were.


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