Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered the Justice Department on Monday to review proposed police reforms with departments across the country, The Washington Post reports.
The review is intended to ensure that reform agreements don't violate the Trump administration's goals of keeping officers safe and promoting their morale.
This memo came shortly before Justice Department lawyers asked a federal judge to postpone a Baltimore Police Department reform plan hearing for months.
“The Department is working to ensure that those initiatives effectively dovetail with robust enforcement of federal laws designed to preserve and protect civil rights," DOJ lawyers wrote in their Baltimore filing.
Police reform advocates like Jonathan Smith of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs called the move "terrifying."
"This raises the question of whether ... the Department of Justice is going to walk away from its obligation to ensure that law enforcement across the country is following the Constitution," Smith told the Post.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said delaying the reforms could "erode the trust" the city is trying to forge between law enforcement and residents.
Baltimore's reforms drew attention after a scathing Department of Justice report under the Obama administration that found "systemic deficiencies" leading officers to use excessive force.
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