The Trump administration will “pull out” of lawsuits and civil rights investigations into police departments — which have so far incriminated over a dozen city departments, from Chicago to Ferguson — announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday.
The “aberration” in crime spikes requires buffed-up police forces, said Sessions to attorney generals from across the country – which wouldn’t be "wrong or insensitive to civil rights or human rights" – but, rather, protect communities.
He also announced the formation of a Justice Department task force to look at deficiencies in current practices to combat crime and propose new legislation.
The Justice Department is still weighing whether it should impose reforms on the Chicago Police Department, which was the subject of a critical report by the Obama administration.
The Obama administration began 25 investigations into police departments that it said were unfairly targeting minorities and using excessive force. More than half have agreements with the Department of Justice to rectify their civil rights records.
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Sessions said violent crime had risen since 2014, although it is down by almost half since the early 1990s.
To lower the rate, he has suggested ramping up “stop and frisk” practices — ruled unconstitutional in New York — and investigating groups like Black Lives Matter through the Justice Department.