DOJ moves away from investigations of police misconduct

Posted By on April 4, 2017

The US Department of Justice will review its policy towards local police departments. It plans to change the emphasis from investigating unconstitutional policing to building partnerships with local police.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/03/522309537/justice-department-to-review-all-civil-rights-agreements-on-police-conduct?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news“Local control and local accountability are necessary for local policing,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. The DOJ wants to promote officer safety and morale.

Vanita Gupta, who ran the DOJ civil rights division under President Obama, said, the new approach by the DOJ “signals a retreat from the Justice Department’s commitment to civil rights and public safety . . .”

Which approach do you think fosters greater trust between communities and police: hard-nosed investigations into abuses by the police by the DOJ or leaving such investigation in the hands of local authorities?

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