According to recent press reports, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to review fourteen Consent Decrees from the Obama Justice Department to certain local police departments.
The Obama Administration took full advantage of incidents such as Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore, Maryland, and the Black Lives Matter riots, to forcibly handcuff the policies of many police departments nationwide. President Obama essentially extorted cities and towns by saying in essence; “If you want to continue getting federal money, you have to sign and abide by the DOJ’s consent decree.”
The purpose of the Obama DOJ Consent Decrees was to tag police departments as being racist to minority residents and to restrict policing in minority neighborhoods, where proportionately, a majority of crimes occur. In other words, Obama and his DOJ ordered police departments to back-off in minority neighborhoods or risk losing federal funds to their departments.
In a memo released Monday April 2, 2017, Sessions said the previous DOJ Consent Decree agreements, between the DOJ’s civil rights division and local police departments will be subject to review by Trump’s DOJ to determine whether or not they are justified in their application and practice.
Since 2009, The Obama Administration and the Justice Department have investigated 25 local law enforcement agencies and issued 14 Consent Decrees to law enforcement agencies. Those Decrees also had added or other amended agreements as well. Agreements such as the Baltimore agreement called for police to change training procedures, and how to resolve conflicts without the use of force. Baltimore mayor Catherine E. Pugh said she opposes any such review by Trump’s DOJ but, Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents police officers, said he welcomes the review.
So, what effect did the Obama DOJ policies, along with other added state and local policies, have in local communities? Let’s look at California, where I live.
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