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Sessions' DOJ To Limit Civil Rights Cases Against Police

Citing a desire to help police curb crime and drug use, the Justice Department will no longer actively sue police departments for civil rights abuses.
Posted at 8:03 PM, Feb 28, 2017

"We've undermined the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the winter meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General. "So we're gonna try and pull back on this. And I don't think it's wrong of me nor insensitive to civil rights or human rights."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing the Justice Department's stance on suing police departments for misconduct.

During Obama's time in office, the department was heavily involved with investigating police for civil rights violations, excessive force and racial discrimination. 

Sessions said his main goal is to reduce crime, much of which he attributes to rising drug use. 

"I do not believe that this pop in crime, this increase in crime, is necessarily an aberration, a one-time blip," Sessions said. "Also, the increase in drugs in America, so they tend to follow one another." 

The murder rate did spike in 2015, but it's still near its lowest point in decades. The murder rate rose in the 1970s and '80s, but it's been on a steep decline since. 

"Maybe we even got a bit overconfident when we've seen the crime rate decline so steadily for so long," Sessions said.