Consent Decree

Jeff Sessions: Stop 'Handcuffing the Police Instead of the Criminals'

The United States attorney general wrote an op-ed for USA Today that lays out his plan for making neighborhoods “safe and peaceful.”

DOJ to Review Agreements With Law Enforcement Agencies That Violated Civil Rights

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.”

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DOJ: Chicago PD Uses Excessive Force in Communities of Color

The Department of Justice’s investigation was sparked by the death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of former officer Jason Van Dyke.

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Department of Justice, Baltimore Officials Reach Deal on Proposed Police Reforms

The city’s public spending board approved the consent decree, which now requires a U.S. District Court judge’s confirmation.

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DOJ: Baltimore Police Department Systemically Discriminates Against Black Citizens

BPD … uses enforcement strategies that unlawfully subject African Americans to disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests.”

DOJ Forces Overhaul of Newark's Racially Biased Police Department

The agency just reached an agreement with the city that calls for reform in 12 areas, including body-worn camera and use of force policies.

Ferguson Leaders Reverse Course, Approve DOJ Agreement to Overhaul Police Department and Courts

The Justice Department previously filed a civil rights suit against the Missouri city for its refusal to change unconstitutional and discriminatory policies.

Ferguson Fails to Approve DOJ Policing Agreement, Now Open to Civil Rights Lawsuit

DOJ: “The Department of Justice will take the necessary legal actions to ensure that Ferguson’s policing and court practices comply with the Constitution and relevant federal laws.”

DOJ and Ferguson Reach Agreement on Justice System Reform

The 131-page agreement—which still awaits city council approval—covers everything from eliminating jaywalking provisions to creating a more diverse police force.

Cleveland Commits to Broad Changes to its Police Practices

By signing a U.S. Department of Justice Department consent decree, the city’s police department is agreeing to address officers’ excessive use of force, implicit bias, treatment of people who are mentally ill, and a range of other problems.

Good News in Mississippi: School-To-Prison Pipeline Closes

Meridian schools can’t call the police on black students anymore for wearing the wrong colored socks.