Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Monday that the Justice Department would apply new rules For federal monitors charged with overseeing the implementation of mandatory police reforms.
why it matters: The DOJ is currently conducting a “pattern or practice” investigation into police misconduct at the Phoenix, Louisville and Minneapolis police departments.
big picture: If the investigation reveals that those city police departments engaged in patterns of discrimination or excessive force, the federal government can intervene with a consent decree that sets out the reforms to follow, according to Washington Post.
- Such monitoring has received costly and time-consuming complaints in the past, the Post writes.
- Garland said the Justice Department intends to take 19 steps to increase the “efficiency and efficacy” of consent decrees and monitoring.
- Steps include budget caps to cover costs, prohibiting monitors from serving more than one jurisdiction at a time, and term limits.