As we noted in a post, one of our DOJ sources said the release of the memo was specifically timed a few days before DOJ civil rights lawyers asked a federal judge to postpone until at least the end of June a hearing on a sweeping police reform agreement, known as a consent decree, with the Baltimore police department that was announced just days before Donald Trump took office.
There are no surprises here. When he was a Senator, Sessions often criticized the effectiveness of consent decrees and had vowed … even in his most recent speeches … that “we must more strongly support law enforcement”. His knee-jerk, Pavlovian support of law enforcement, whether it’s right or wrong, speaks volumes.
Another DOJ source tells us that the DOJ is already moving staff off the 25 police department investigations noted above. Trump’s March budget proposal would cut more than $1 billion from the department’s resources. Funding for the department’s Civil Rights Division – which handles police reform work – is not addressed explicitly in the budget outline, but a blueprint drafted by the Heritage Foundation, from which many parts of Trump’s budget have been lifted, would cut $58 million from the Civil Rights Division, or 33 percent of its current budget.
Gregory P. Bufithis is the Founder & Chairman of The Posse List. He has over 25 years of experience in intellectual property law and digital media in the U.S. and Europe.