Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ has promised to end the Justice Department’s harassment of local police departments.   He offered that they “…will not be continuing the Obama administration’s practice of investigating entire police departments for “civil rights violations” simply because of isolated incidents.”

This is welcome news to police, their families and the communities they serve.   The vilification of police lead to increased hostility and push back resulting in the murder of 64 police officers in 2016. 

The New American reports – Speaking this week to the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Justice will end the Obama-era harassment of local police departments.

“We need to help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness, and I’m afraid we’ve done some of that. So we’re going to try to pull back on this,” Sessions stated in giving the reason for this abrupt change of policy. “I don’t think it’s wrong or mean or insensitive to civil rights or human rights. It’s out of concern to make … people, particularly in poor communities, minority communities, live a safer, happier life.”

Sessions told his counterparts at the state level that the rising rate of murders seen in large cities such as Chicago is partly because of the lack of respect for local police by the federal government, particularly from the Justice Department he now leads. “One of the big things out there now that’s causing trouble,” he noted, “and where you see the greatest increase in violence and murders is somehow, someway, we undermine our respect for police and make their job more difficult. We’re not seeing the kind of effective, community-based, street-based policing that we have found to be so effective.”

The former U.S. senator from Alabama argued that police officers have become increasingly hesitant to enforce the law in many cases, fearing that their actions could be video-recorded and second-guessed by some in the public.

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