WATCH: A judge has approved the consent decree for the Baltimore Police Department in the wake of Freddie Gray. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn't happy about it.
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not a fan of the consent decree that will put the Baltimore Police under monitoring. It was approved by a judge on Friday. And Sessions quickly commented, highlighting his concerns.
The consent decree came after a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice found evidence of racial bias in the BPD following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Sessions said it was rushed by the previous administration.
"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 said in a press release.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh cheered the move, saying, “I think this is a great victory for the citizens of Baltimore as well as for our police department.”
Pugh disagreed with Session's statement that the consent decree could result in more crime, stating there is a way to address crime and have oversight on police. “I believe we can do both together, that a reformed police department and trust by the community in this process, I think will make a difference down the road in terms of reducing crime in our city," she said.
WATCH: Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh reacts to the approval of a consent decree between the US Department of Justice and Baltimore Police
Up next for Baltimore now that the agreement is done? Mayor Pugh says the city has to form a community oversight group. Then it will look for and choose an independent monitor.
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