Attorney General Jeff Sessions is apparently working to undo federal oversight of systemically criminal, abusive, and racist local police departments.
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Sessions is re-negotiating an agreement with Baltimore that in its current form includes a community oversight task force, an independent federal monitor, and the requirement that officers receive instruction about implicit bias.
Sessions has asked his subordinates to review agreements with other police departments to be sure that they accomplish such goals as boosting morale and the recruitment of police. A memo from Sessions states flatly, "It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.”
The message to militarized police departments in this era of free war weapons and the sanctioning of racism and bigotry at the highest levels is clear: have no fear of federal oversight.
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It is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce U.S. law, including by bringing under control lawless police departments.
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