Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested Tuesday that the Department of Justice review agreements forced upon law enforcement by the Obama administration, per Fox News.
This is the latest in moves to show support for law enforcement officials and boost morale amongst officers.
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The new directive, as well as a bid to reconsider an agreement in Baltimore that former President Barack Obama’s lawyers made, are signs the Trump administration is planning to scale back the number of investigations into law enforcement misconduct — and revisit deals negotiated by the prior administration’s civil rights unit.
Sessions’ memo demands the Justice Department review all its prior police reform agreements “including collaborative investigations and prosecutions, grant making, technical assistance and training, compliance reviews, existing or contemplated consent decrees, and task force participation in order to ensure that they fully and effectively promote the principles” of the new administration.
Many officials are praising the Trump administration for this recent move, saying the “restrictions on police have emboldened criminals.”