No Problem Here
Maybe it's just a few bad apples.
That seems to be the conclusion of a memo just released by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (yes, the gentleman whose 1986 nomination to a federal judgeship was opposed by Coretta Scott King).
The memo orders a DOJ review of federal investigations into and "consent decrees" with local police departments.
Consent decrees first came onto the scene in the wake of the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers. They've been used to identify and fix bad "patterns and practices" in police departments.
Think Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Ferguson.
How to help maintain the momentum for police reform
Read CNN's refresher on what recent consent degrees have found in local police departments.
Join "Beyond the Moment", a solidarity initiative of the Movement for Black Lives and The Majority to connect multiple movements for justice. Today it kicked off a month of events through May 1 (International Workers Day). You can also get text message updates by texting BEYOND to 90975.
Connect with and support the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which recently hired Vanita Gupta (the former acting head of DOJ's Civil Rights Division responsible for recent investigations into police departments) as its new leader.
Call the Department of Justice at 202.353.1555 to urge AG Sessions to leave the consent decrees intact.