President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice is changing course in a big way from the Obama administration, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that they would “pull back” on the previous administration’s push to file civil rights lawsuits against police departments.
“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,” Sessions said.
“So we’re going to try to pull back on this,”the attorney general announced during a meeting in Washington that brought together the nation’s state attorneys general.
NBC News reported:
Sessions said such a move would not be “wrong or insensitive to civil rights or human rights.” Instead, he said people in poor and minority communities must feel free from the threat of violent crime, which will require more effective policing with help from the federal government.
While crime rates are half of what they were a few decades ago, recent increases in violent crimes do not appear to be “an aberration, a one-time blip. I’m afraid it represents the beginning of a trend.”
Sessions said he will encourage federal prosecutors to bring charges when crimes are committed using guns. Referring local drug violations that involve the use of a firearm, for example, to federal court can result i[n] often a stiffer sentence than would be imposed by state courts […]
Under the Obama Administration, the Justice Department opened 25 investigations into police departments and sheriff’s offices and was enforcing 19 agreements at the end of 2016, resolving civil rights lawsuits filed against police departments in Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore, New Orleans, Cleveland and 15 other cities.
“We need to return to the ideas that got us here, the ideas that reduce crime and stay on it. Maybe we got a bit overconfident when we’ve seen the crime rate decline so steadily for so long,” Sessions said.
That’s absolutely true, and a big part of that is stopping the federal takeover of police departments via the bogus use of the legal system — which appears to be what the Trump administration is working to put a stop to with this announcement.
This is excellent news, and a big step toward restoring law and order and putting the breaks on the federal power grab set in motion under the Obama administration.
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