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>> President Trump has vowed to be the law and order president.>> America's police and law enforcement personal are what separates civilization from total chaos.>> And now, some of the nation's biggest police unions want to capitalize on his campaign promises and are looking to renegotiate settlements made with the US Justice Department, known as consent decrees, intended to reform how the police uses force, trains, and administers discipline.
Reuters Julia Hart.>> Many police unions object to consent decrees because they say that when the Justice Department comes in and tries to impose solutions to local problems, they don't really know the best way to solve those problems. What they hope will happen under this administration is a willingness to, first of all, renegotiate some of the decrees that are already in place.
And to impose far fewer of those decrees going forward.>> Civil rights advocates are fearing a rollback to reforms in places like Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting death of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in 2014. A Justice Department investigation finding systemic racism by police against blacks.
Officials in Ferguson agreeing to institute bias awareness training and an accountability system. Though Ferguson has consistently missed deadlines to implement these changes. It's agreements like this one that police unions are hoping can be ripped up under Trump. Though Trump has been less than consistent on the issue.>> So before he was elected, Trump told a police group that he would let local issues stay local.
Of course, after he was elected, he tweeted out that he would have to, quote, send in the Feds to Chicago if the city didn't do more to address its homicide rate. So, it seems that there's a bit of a contradiction. He wants to let police deal with issues of police abuse allegations on their own, but when it’s a crime issue he thinks it needs federal intervention.
>> Still, even police acknowledge some of the changes that came as a result of consent decrees have yielded benefits, with Illinois Police Union leader saying there are more police on the job and better equipment as result of the reforms. In Los Angeles, decrees have led to higher police satisfaction and declines in cases of excessive force.