As Sessions fails to curb police misconduct and draconian prosecution, states step up

llinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit to revamp Chicago policing, filed Tuesday, is timely and welcome — and is the latest in a notable line of actions that other states and localities should take as models for pursuing justice in an era of federal retreat.

Madigan sued the city of Chicago in federal court seven months after the U.S. Department of Justice released a report outlining a pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing. It was one of the department’s final acts under the Obama Administration, coming just days before Donald Trump took the oath of office and as the Senate was considering the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Trump’s attorney general.


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