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Trump undermined all of Obama’s criminal justice reforms that reduce police brutality

Cassey Tolan, June 1, 2020,, As rage over killings of black Americans sweeps nation, DOJ has all but abandoned broad police investigations

During the Obama administration, high-profile police shootings of black men like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Laquan McDonald in Chicago helped spark sweeping federal investigations and reforms of biased policing practices. But under President Donald Trump, the Department of Justice has all but abandoned broad investigations into unconstitutional policing practices, a half-dozen former DOJ lawyers who worked on similar cases told CNN — essentially giving up on one of the federal government’s most effective tools to fight police misconduct. While the Justice Department launched 12 investigations of law enforcement agencies for practices that violate the Constitution during George W. Bush’s first term, and 15 during Barack Obama’s first term, the department has opened only a single public investigation of that kind in the three and a half years since Trump became president, according to legal experts and DOJ records. In the wake of the outrage in Min

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