Departing Attorney General Eric Holder is urging the broadest review of police tactics in more than a generation, calling for a new effort to tackle difficult questions about how officers patrol communities, prevent crime, and arrest suspects, reports the Wall Street Journal. Holder, who has voiced concerns about police conduct since an unarmed 18-year-old was shot and killed by an officer in Ferguson, Mo., spoke yesterday in Little Rock at a meeting of police chiefs organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
“The Justice Department is working with major police associations to conduct a broad review of policing tactics, techniques and training,'' Holder said. The goal of the review is to help police departments around the country “confront emerging threats, better address persistent challenges, and thoroughly examine the latest tools and technologies to enhance the safety and the effectiveness of law enforcement,'' he said. Holder wants the review to expand “to provide strong, national direction on a scale not seen since President Lyndon Johnson's Commission on Law Enforcement nearly half a century ago.'' If Holder's goal is to be realized, it will have to be done by someone else, because he is leaving when the Senate confirms a successor.