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>> Trump's Department of Justice signaling it could take a much different tack from the Obama Administration when it comes to the police. The DOJ asking a federal court for 90 days to review an agreement over how officers in Baltimore use force to transport prisoners. The deal in question, known as a consent decree, was reached in the final days of the Obama administration, two years after the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.
Gray's death sparked riots, and led to findings that city's police routinely violated black resident's civil rights. The Obama administration took action in Baltimore and elsewhere to crack down on excessive force by police. But the Trump administration would like to see some of those reforms reversed. Reuters' Julia Heart.
>> Many of the reforms that the Obama administration recommended and negotiated are already in place, they're already being enforced by a court. In Chicago and Baltimore, however, the Justice Department-led investigations came up with findings and recommendations for reforms. But those are not yet actually being enforced by a court.
So they're much more vulnerable to the sort of review, maybe revision, that Sessions is calling for here.>> Despite the difficulties, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is looking beyond Baltimore, saying in a memo the Justice Department will review all consent decrees and other reform agreements that are in place with more than a dozen cities.
>> The principles laid out in the memo from the Attorney General on March 31st suggest that he wants to step back. He doesn't think the federal government has a responsibility to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies. He doesn't want the actions of a few bad actors in police departments to impugn the rest of the department.
All of which indicates that he's looking to really roll back the police reform efforts that were so strong under the Obama administration.>> Attorney General Sessions has long emphasized being tough on crime over reforming police misconduct. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh opposes the delay, and in a statement says she wants the reforms enacted without haste.