NBC NEWS, 10 JANUARY 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick to become the nation’s top lawman, could dramatically shift the federal government’s approach to police reform by choosing not to pursue the aggressive investigations of local departments that have expanded in the Obama administration.
The Alabama senator, who will appear before his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday for the start of confirmation hearings, has expressed skepticism of the Justice Department’s focus on forcing change on police departments — a view shared by Trump, who has complained of a “war on police,” and has opposed federal interference in local law
That would deal a blow to the legacy of President Obama, who has been touting his attempts to reform American policing, including the most aggressive pursuit of systemic misconduct since the federal government won broad investigative powers more than two decades ago.enforcement.