Sessions’ Impact on Chicago Police Reform

Sessions’ Impact on Chicago Police Reform

In this article by the Chicago Tribune, Sessions’ latest move to backtrack on the Obama administration’s steps for police reform is discussed. Sessions’ plan is to “retreat” on consent decrees initiated by the Department of Justice under Obama. Those decrees were intended to review and reform police policy and structure to improve their civil interactions. With this setback, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel of Chicago has pledged to keep moving forward despite no longer being mandated to do so. Emmanuel said recently that reform is “in our self- interest, and it’s important both for trust and public safety reasons”. One of the bigger steps Emmanuel has taken is the creation of a police reform task force which investigates police violence and makes recommendations on how to improve. Sessions’ decision to pull back nationally on reform doesn’t seem to be stopping the cities that need it the most like Chicago and Baltimore.

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