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Justice Department Announces $139 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring

The Department of Justice today announced more than $139 million in grant funding through the department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The awards provide direct funding to 183 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those agencies to hire 1,066 additional full-time law enforcement professionals.

November 18, 2021

DOJ Prohibits Its Officers from Carotid Restraints and Restricts No-Knock Warrants

Under the new policy, the department’s law enforcement components will be prohibited from using “chokeholds” and “carotid restraints” unless deadly force is authorized, that is “when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”

September 14, 2021

AG Garland Announces New Rules Regulating Consent Decree Monitors

Monitoring teams — usually composed of former police officials, lawyers, academics and police-reform consultants — have typically billed local taxpayers between $1 million and $2 million per year. Some consultants have served on federal oversight teams in more than one city at the same time, drawing criticism over conflicts of interest.

September 13, 2021

Mayor Asks DOJ COPS Office to Review Columbus Police

Mayor Asks DOJ COPS Office to Review Columbus Police

“This is not about one particular officer, policy or incident," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a statement. “Rather, this is about reforming the entire institution of policing in Columbus.”

September 9, 2021

Justice Department Announces Investigation of Phoenix PD

DOJ Launches Gun Trafficking Strike Forces in 5 Cities

The initial strike forces in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., will work to stop guns traveling from areas where it is easier to obtain firearms to places with more restrictive gun laws.

July 22, 2021

DOJ to Investigate Louisville Police

The probe will determine if the agency engages in a pattern of "violations of the Constitution or federal law," Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference.

April 26, 2021

NAACP Wants Federal Grants to Police Suspended

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) president Sherrilyn Ifill said the Justice Department needs to deploy a potentially powerful tool at its disposal to combat racial discrimination: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

April 26, 2021

AG Garland Announces Federal Investigation of Minneapolis PD

AG Garland Announces Federal Investigation of Minneapolis PD

“The investigation I am announcing today will assess whether the Minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said during a press conference.

April 21, 2021

Feds Will Not Charge Cleveland Officers Involved in 2014 Tamir Rice Shooting
DOJ Accuses Portland, Seattle, and NYC Governments of Permitting Anarchy

DOJ Accuses Portland, Seattle, and NYC Governments of Permitting Anarchy

"When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest," Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.

September 21, 2020

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