Sessions: Soaring Chicago murder rate linked to Obama DOJ consent decree, weakening of police

Sessions: Soaring Chicago murder rate linked to Obama DOJ consent decree, weakening of police
Crime scene in Chicago. Fox News video

[Ed. – Other law enforcement experts have made similar points about the effects of Obama DOJ interventions.]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday blamed the spike in murders in Chicago on the Obama administration’s consent decree, which called for police reforms in response to police harassment and brutality claims.

Speaking at the Valor Survive and Thrive Conference in Waukegan, Ill., the attorney general said there was a “historic” drop in violent crime nationwide from 1991 to 2014, but that trend reversed itself in the last two years of the Obama administration thanks to a consent decree by the Obama DOJ. …

“After the consent decree became effective on January 1, 2016, policing went down; crime went up—and as a result, hundreds of Chicagoans are now dead—almost all of them African-American or Latino. Chicago saw the biggest single-year increase in the murder rate since we’ve had reliable statistics—which is over 60 years. …

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