PBS News Weekend

Season 8, Episode 3 of 99

The U.S. Justice Department is currently overseeing reforms of 14 local police departments, including those in Baltimore, Chicago and Cleveland, that have been affected by police-involved shootings and complaints of racially biased policing. Legally binding agreements initiated by the Obama administration, known as "consent decrees," have compelled reforms. But this year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a sweeping review of them, pointing to a potential rollback in federal oversight of police. One city fulfilling its obligations under a consent decree for the past five years is Seattle. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports on how reforms are being received and the challenges faced.

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