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WashPost: Sessions' Plans 'Anti-Police'

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 09:03 AM

Plans by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to review deals the Obama administration made with police departments who regularly violated the civil rights of individuals is a misguided step to be "tough on crime" that will only halt progress that has been made in strengthening trust between the police force and the communities they serve, according to a Washington Post editorial published on Wednesday.

The editorial said it is troubling that the Trump administration appears to believe that "trying to correct patterns of police misconduct is somehow at odds with public safety" when, in fact, "there is nothing incompatible between good policing and respecting people's civil rights, nor between respecting people's civil rights and respecting the difficult work good police officers do."

The editorial points out that in several places where agreements were carried out, the result has not only been a decrease in crime, but a police department that acknowledged it received better training, more modern equipment and the ability to initiate improved policies.

While the Post acknowledged that the Justice Department might find it difficult to undo agreements that have already been authorized by courts and that have independent monitors in place, the real danger is derailing reforms still in negotiations in cities where a judge has not yet approved a deal, such as in Baltimore and Chicago.

Despite the Trump administration's belittling of the agreements, officials in both Baltimore and Chicago are eager to push ahead with police reforms, although the lack of a court approval very well might make it difficult to receive the funding needed to carry out the plans.

The editorial stresses that "in signaling the Trump administration's lack of interest in investigating local police departments and helping them improve, Mr. Sessions sends a message that will end up hurting both police and the communities they protect."

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