During his time in the White House, Barack Obama tried to extend his influence beyond his presidency by forcing police to make agreements with him that made it more difficult for them to do their jobs. This week, however, Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a massive move to dismantle these race-baiting agreements.
Western Journalism reported that Sessions just sent a memo to the Department of Justice ordering them to review these agreements the Obama administration made with police. In his memo, Sessions said that while “local control and local accountability are necessary for effective policing, it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.”
Sessions’ memo calls for the DOJ to 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 Trump administration.
Sessions had defended U.S. police departments during his Senate Confirmation hearings, when he said that federal lawsuits against them aimed at overhauling local practices “undermine the respect for police officers and create an impression that the entire department is not doing their work consistent with fidelity to law and fairness, and we need to be careful before we do that.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke immediately spoke out to applaud Sessions for this.
“Hooray for AG Sessions!” Clarke said. “Every one of these decrees is baseless and politically motivated by the cop-hating Obama administration and his race hustlers Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.”
“These decrees tie the hands of law enforcement, thereby increasing crime and cost to taxpayers,” Clarke continued. “The losers in all this are the good, law-abiding black people who disproportionately bear the brunt of crime victimization due to less assertive policing strategies.”
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