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According to the Chicago Tribune, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed an 11-page statement with the United States District Court stating that a proposed court order to reform the Chicago Police Department is an overly restrictive measure that could lead to increased crime.

Sessions—who has repeatedly criticized federal intervention in local law enforcement—said in the statement, "The United States asks the Court not to enter the proposed consent decree but, rather, to allow state and local officials—and Chicago’s brave front-line police officers—to engage in flexible and localized efforts to advance the goal of safe, effective, and constitutional policing in Chicago."

Sessions also said the Department of Justice would send five additional prosecutors to Chicago to establish a "gun crimes prosecution team."