Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Sessions Skeptical of Consent Decrees in Police Cases

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Justice Department, tells senators that the agency’s lawsuits charging civil-rights abuses by local police departments “undermine the respect for police officers and create an impression that the entire department is not doing their work consistent with fidelity to law and fairness, and we need to be careful before we do that.”

White TX Officer Suspended 10 Days In Arrest of Three Blacks

The family’s supporters criticized the punishment as too light, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Officer William Martin was “contrite” and “sorry” about the incident, said Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, calling the suspension “significant punishment.” A woman called police to report that she suspected that her neighbor, an adult man, had choked her 7-year-old son because he dropped some raisins in his yard and refused to pick them up when asked.

Emanuel Vows Chicago Police Reform, Feds or Not

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, bracing for next week’s release of a “findings letter” stemming from the Justice Department’s year-long civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department, says he will pursue reforms whether or not President-elect Donald Trump and Attorney General-designee Jeff Sessions seek a consent decree involving court supervision.