Michelle Mark, Apr. 4, 2017, 10:26 PM
“Cities intent on overhauling their embattled police departments vowed to continue their reform efforts, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo Monday ordering a review of the agreements that had previously been reached between the Justice Department and local police forces.
The news threw into jeopardy agreements that are currently being negotiated, including one with the Chicago Police Department, as well as one in Baltimore that had been finalized in the final days of the Obama administration, but has not yet been approved by a judge.
The agreements, known as consent decrees, have been used to enact local policing reforms as early as the 1990s, and were used by both the Clinton and the George W. Bush administrations. But the decrees became a defining characteristic of the Obama administration’s Justice Department, which issued more than a dozen.”