Donald Trump is a huge supporter of our law enforcement and so is Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department will limit it’s use of suing police departments for violating the civil rights of minorities. The practice of the federal government stepping in to sue police departments for supposedly violating civil rights of citizens was a tactic Obama’s administration used quite heavily.
Big changes are happening in Washington and one of them is bringing back support for the nation’s state law enforcement officers.
“We need, so far as we can, to help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness. And I’m afraid we’ve done some of that,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during a meeting of the nation’s state attorney generals in Washington.
He went on to say, “So we’re going to try to pull back on this.” Meaning cutting back on a number of lawsuits over civil rights violations against police.
Sessions said cutting back on the lawsuits would not be “wrong or insensitive to civil rights or human rights.” Instead, he said, “people in poor and minority communities must feel safe and free from the threat of violent crime. Then the only way to see our streets become a safer place for our children is to require more effective policing with help and support from the federal government. Recently violent crime rates a have increased greatly. I’m afraid death by violent means, including gun violence is beginning a trend.”
Sessions said he will encourage federal prosecutors to bring charges when crimes are committed using guns.
Sessions added, “We need to return to the ideas that got us here, the ideas that reduce crime and stay on it. The call to reduce crime can only be achieved with police help.”
The Justice Department opened 25 investigations into police departments and sheriff’s offices under the Obama Administration. At the end of 2016 the Obama Administration was enforcing 19 agreements, resolving civil rights lawsuits filed against police departments. The high profile cases were in Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore, New Orleans, Cleveland and 15 other cities. Under the Trump Administration we can expect to see lower numbers of lawsuits against our local police departments.
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