(CHICAGO) It is looking less likely that Chicago Police will be subject to a federal consent decree. The Washington Post broke the story that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered Justice Department officials to review reform agreements with troubled police forces nationwide.
That also throws into question whether the Sessions Justice Department will enter into new consent decrees with cities such as Chicago, which was the subject of a wide-ranging Justice Department civil rights probe in the last year of the Obama administration, spurred by the police shooting of LaQuan McDonald in 2015.
Sessions wrote a two-page memo that says agreements reached previously between the Obama Justice Department ‘s civil rights division and local police departments will be subject to review by his two top deputies, throwing into question whether all of the agreements will stay in place.
In January, before President Trump was inaugurated, President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Chicago to issue a scathing report accusing Chicago Police of violating the civil rights of African-Americans and other minorities.
Trump and Jeff Sessions have said that efforts such as consent decrees to crack down on bad cops hurt police morale.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing the establishment of a municipal identification program that will allow people living in the U.S. illegally access to city services.
A proposed ordinance introduced Wednesday to Chicago’s City Council would allow the city clerk to review documents provided by applicants seeking an ID. However, the clerk’s office would be barred from collecting or keeping that information.
The measure is aimed at easing the fears of immigrants that President Donald Trump’s administration could use the information to try to track down and deport them.
Emanuel’s move comes as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatens to withhold federal money from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents.
Emanuel on Wednesday downplayed the move as a response to the Trump administration’s illegal immigration crackdown. He says the ID will represent Chicago’s values as a welcoming city.
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