Baltimore Police Commissioner Davis 'Disappointed' By Consent Decree Delay
06 April, 2017, 03:07 | Author: Sam Montgomery
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In a new memo made public Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for what amounts to a review of some two dozen agreements between the DOJ's Civil Rights Division and police departments across the country. The death led to fiery protests and, later, to charges against six police officers.
In other words, what was unacceptable to Barack Obama's Justice Department may be OK with the Trump administration, Jackson said. And he's said since that the federal government needs "to help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness, and I'm afraid we have done some of that". "It's about bad systems, lack of accountability, bad policies, and bad practices".
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. All of them are all still active. You're afraid that if the Justice Department rolls back this consent decree that the federal dollars will go away for these reforms you want to implement. "For the civilian community, having that consent decree in place gives them confidence".
MARTIN: This week, Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the Justice Department's police reform agreements.
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The proposed consent decree in Baltimore comes after the Justice Department released a scathing report a year ago detailing longstanding patterns racial profiling and excessive force within the city's police force. Consent decrees are binding legal agreements, and once signed, they are overseen by a federal judge and an appointed monitor. 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 it comes on the heels of a hearing with the Baltimore Police Department. "After all, these injunctions are entered to protect the public interest", Smith said.
On Monday, as reported by The Washington Post, the attorney general doubled-down, requesting a review of consent decrees made by the Obama administration.
On Tuesday, city officials told Bredar in a court filing that they opposed a delay of the hearing. "The City of Baltimore is ready to move forward to rebuild the important relationship which exists between the community and our police department". 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. What must be put in place to, one, create that trust, to stop the infractions that were being courted by our particular police department? And President Donald Trump's March budget proposal would cut more than $1 billion from the department's resources.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is signaling that some major changes to the way police departments are investigated might be coming soon. "At that point it's not a matter of will".
Pruitt also said that any review could further delay full implementation of Ferguson's consent decree. After combing through crime data of America's 35 largest cities going back to 1985, the Journal noted that four of them - Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Memphis - had rates of violent crime last year that either approached or exceeded records set more than 25 years ago. The Seattle police department, the statement said, is a national leader in reform: "We remain committed to constitutional and effective policing in our city".
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