DOJ to set new rules for federal police department monitors

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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.

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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.
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