April 4, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for conducting a review of consent decrees between the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and municipalities regulating police departments:
“Former President Barack Obama started a dangerous trend to nationalization of local police via consent decrees between the DOJ Civil Rights Division and municipalities, governing the use of force, searches, stops and the like. Given the broad ramifications of regulating police departments, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is wise to take a step back from this policy to determine the proper role of the federal government in local policing, if any. At a time when cities like Chicago and Baltimore face horrifying homicide rates that disproportionately impact their least fortunate citizens, it would be irresponsible to blindly continue Obama’s war on the police.
“We applaud the review of these policies, and look forward to any recommendations by Sessions to protect civil rights and restore law and order, which are not mutually exclusive.”
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