Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Judge blocks request to delay police hearing

Judge blocks request to delay police hearing

Justice Department attorney John Gore told a judge Thursday that newly minted Attorney General Jeff Sessions is concerned about the agreement and "whether it will achieve the goals of public safety and law enforcement while at the same time protecting civil rights".

"These latest developments are particularly ironic", Henderson said, "given that in the same memo outlining a review of these vital consent decrees, Attorney General Sessions also noted that 'local law enforcement must protect and respect the civil rights of all members of the public'".

In response, the city and a stream of Baltimore residents pleaded with the judge to approve the agreement, which would make the reforms enforceable by a federal court. The same black people featured prominently in Justice Department reports that meticulously documented patterns of systemic police abuse. Those include equipping more officers with Tasers, beefing up training, and Superintendent Eddie Johnson laying out a plan to implement changes. "It's in our self-interest, and it's important both for trust and public safety reasons".

The report praised some changes Emanuel started to make in Chicago ahead of its release, but it criticized others as rushed or insufficient.

The DOJ's request for a continuance came just two hours after Sessions issued a two-page memo, in which he directed his staff to review all the investigations, prosecutions, training and existing compliance reviews between the department and local law enforcement agencies. "Who gets elected does not determine how well we deliver police services", said Harrison, adding that NOPD is committed to fair and constitutional policing "because that's the right thing to do".

Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore's police union, has complained that the union wasn't involved enough in the negotiations, and he supported the Justice Department's request to delay the proceedings. That left city leaders stunned, and pledging to carry out reforms as best they can.

"I want to say to the community in particular that the police department is absolutely dedicated to the consent decree process". "The crucial next step of receiving public input occurs tomorrow".

Yet the implicit meaning seems to be that the consent decrees weren't responding to genuine problems with police procedures.

"Consent decrees are the means by which you provide a hedge of protection, civil rights and civil liberties", said NAACP President Cornell Brooks, according to the Associated Press. But he said there will be pressure from citizens to move ahead with reform. He called the proposed consent decree a "heavily negotiated document" that took all concerns into account. "It sounds as if the intention of the mayor was to do this, consent decree or no consent decree".

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Reagan, of course, first uttered, "There you go again", during the 1980 Presidential debate when the then-California Governor was challenged for his stance on Medicaid by his opponent, Presidential incumbent Jimmy Carter. "It was a commitment made, and I think we should stand pat to that commitment, in spite of what the federal government does".

"Let's look at why these decrees came to be".

The city invited the Justice Department investigation, which found a pattern of discriminatory policing, after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided an update on the Justice Department's new crime reduction task force Wednesday, including new details on a subcommittee that will specifically focus on hate crime prevention.

Almost all residents who testified Thursday voiced strong support for the consent decree and urged the judge to sign it swiftly.

"Please do not delay it", she said.

"We are continuing to move forward with our reforms and our preparations for the upcoming consent decree".

A cannabis industry advocacy group supported the letter.

"I'm not going to say that happens to everybody categorically", Glasser said.

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