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 NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director MORE (D-N.Y.) and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassMueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? Dems probe DOJ's handling of civil rights violations by law enforcement The Hill's Morning Report - Barr held in contempt after Trump invokes executive privilege, angering Dems 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 SessionsMSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump Chris Wallace: AG Barr 'clearly is protecting' Trump Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful 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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