The Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unveiled a probe of the Trump administration’s strikes to curtail the federal authorities’s function in scrutinizing police shootings.
In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Chairman Jerrold Nadler and different committee Democrats requested paperwork and updates on how the Justice Department has addressed shootings and different instances of extreme police power since President Donald Trump took workplace in early 2017.
The lawmakers cited statistics, together with media experiences, that present almost 1,000 individuals have been shot and killed by police in 2018 and that at the least 265 others have met with the identical destiny this yr. The numbers embody instances of unarmed capturing victims which have drawn worldwide criticism.
“Despite continuing concerns from civil rights and community-based organizations, the department has sharply curtailed its statutory role in identifying and eradicating civil rights abuses by law enforcement,” the lawmakers’ letter stated. Justice Department officers weren’t instantly accessible to remark.
Among the paperwork sought by the Democratic lawmakers are memos written by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who carried out insurance policies that critics say sharply curtailed the flexibility of Justice Department civil rights attorneys to rein in unconstitutional policing.
The lawmakers gave Barr till June 5 to adjust to their request.