Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions to “pull back” on Civil Rights Investigations of Police Departments

In February 2017 the US Attorney General stated that the Department of Justice will “pull back” on investigating and suing police departments for violations of citizens' civil rights. The statement was made at a meeting of state attorney generals in Washington, DC. The Obama-era DOJ use of investigations and lawsuits resulted in court mandated agreements with 19 police departments across the country by late 2016. As these agreements were created with the goal of eliminating federal violations such as racial profiling, moving away from these investigations and lawsuits serves to allow unjust, unwatched police departments. Doing so will ultimately result in civil rights violations with no just resolution. This action is a symptom of state violence and institutionalized racism.

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