The never ending litany of Trump distractions is doing more than taking eyes off his Russia connections. They ensure little attention is being paid to his ever advancing domestic agenda which does little good for the average citizen. Jeff Sessions quietly announced his plan to conduct a, “Comprehensive review of all police reform activities.” Reworded, he intends to undo anything he perceives as any restrictions on police departments including possibly undoing all existing and contemplated consent decrees.
That would include Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis (Ferguson), Cleveland, and 16 other cities. Consent Decrees exist where police departments have agreed to work with the Justice Department to in effect, reform themselves. Sessions and his boss Trump have long been uncomfortable with the idea that police departments need any policing and are apparently readying to “make policing great again” by removing the little oversight that exists. This would be one of the things Trump fans could point to as one of the things he said he would do during the campaign.
At this moment, cheers are going up that Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council where most agree he never should have been in the first place. As I see it he just has more time to implement his white supremacist agenda. In this case putting the boot back on the neck of the inner-cities.
There are generally three parties to these consent decrees. The Justice Department, the police departments, and the local city or county where the police department operates. While there may be little that can be done to influence the Justice Department (other than replacing Trump in 2020 or sooner). Police Departments may be excited about the opportunity to be removed from Federal review. We have the opportunity to impose our will on the local government who must be forced to keep reforms in place. Taking over for the Justice Department if need be with local Civilian Review Boards with real power.
We can’t allow this to simply happen while all eyes are turned to Trump’s shiny balls. Say no to the dismantling of Consent Decrees! Where they exist they do for a reason. The official policy of the Trump Administration is, “We don’t care!” #Resist