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Federal lawmakers ask Trump administration to rethink Baltimore's consent decree delay

Federal lawmakers ask Trump administration to rethink Baltimore's consent decree delay

Five members of Maryland's congressional delegation who represent Baltimore are asking the Justice Department to withdraw its request to delay an agreement to overhaul city police practices.

The letter comes a day after the Justice Department requested a judge agree to a three-month delay of the agreement -- negotiated by the city and the Obama administration -- so that federal officials can assess whether it squares with President Donald Trump's public safety agenda.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been critical of the consent decrees. In Baltimore's case, the agreement makes recommendations to address a scathing Justice Department report last summer that identified...

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