Dems probe DOJ's handling of civil rights violations by law enforcement

Dems probe DOJ's handling of civil rights violations by law enforcement
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A group of Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Justice Tuesday regarding the agency's handling of potential civil rights violations by law enforcement.

“Despite continuing concerns from civil rights and community-based organizations, the Department has sharply curtailed its statutory role in identifying and eradicating civil rights abuses by law enforcement," the lawmakers, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer MORE (D-N.Y.) and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassHarris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller Senior black Democrats urge party chairman to take responsibility for Iowa Black News Channel, first 24-7 news network created 'by black people, for black people' launches in US MORE (D-Calif.), wrote.

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"Excessive force in police-civilian encounters presents a crisis of trust throughout our nation. Changes to Department policy and failure to uphold the law run the risk of undermining federal oversight authority in this space."

"Accordingly, we write to request information related to the manner in which the Department of Justice is currently carrying out its statutory responsibilities to eliminate patterns and practices of unconstitutional conduct in law enforcement agencies.” 

The letter asks for information related to the handling of consent decrees and complaints, communications related to former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE’s memos regarding consent decrees and an update on all current investigations into use of force by police departments, among other things.

Consent decrees are court-enforced agreements often used to create change within local police departments accused of civil rights violations.

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