Attorney General Jeff Sessions says an Obama-era agreement between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Baltimore to bring reforms to its police force could make the city "less safe."
A federal judge approved the consent decree on Friday, turning it into a court order. The judge blocked a request from the Trump Justice Department to delay the agreement.
Sessions blasted the decision.
“Today, a federal court entered a consent decree that will require the court and a highly-paid monitor to govern every detail of how the Baltimore Police Department functions for the foreseeable future,” the nation's top law enforcement official said in a statement Friday.
"This decree was negotiated during a rushed process by the previous administration and signed only days before they left office.
“While the Department of Justice continues to fully support police reform in Baltimore, I have grave concerns that some provisions of this decree will reduce the lawful powers of the police department and result in a less safe city.”
Sessions's DOJ had filed a request in the U.S. District Court of the District of Maryland on Monday, asking for 90 more days to review the pact with the Baltimore Police Department.
U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar denied the DOJ request on Thursday.
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