Mazie K. Hirono

Jeff Sessions voices concern about use of consent decrees for police

Jeff Sessions voices concern about use of consent decrees for police

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Justice expressed skepticism Tuesday over the use of consent decrees to address civil rights abuses in policing but declined to speak specifically on the pending agreement for Baltimore.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, during his day-long confirmation hearing for the Attorney General post, told lawmakers his Justice Department would approach such agreements with caution.

"I think there is concern that good police officers and good departments can be sued by the Department of Justice when you just have individuals within a department that have done wrong," Sessions said. "These lawsuits undermine the...

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