U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Department of Justice to take a close look at consent decrees in place at police departments across the country. They’re agreements a local police department signs on to after the department’s civil rights division investigates its policing practices, often in the wake of a high-profile shooting or accusations of racial profiling. Some police departments balked at the changes they had to make, saying they’d be too expensive, but some experts say there is a financial and human cost to undo them. The Trump administration is promising a more cordial relationship between the federal government and law enforcement.
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