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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sticking with President Donald Trump's emphasis on law and order.
Sessions issued a two-page memorandum on Monday ordering a review of all police reform agreements and investigations initiated by the Justice Department.
The effort to cut back on federal oversight of local law enforcement is in direct opposition to the Obama administration's effort to force local police to reform many policies -- from the use of deadly force to how officers deal with minority communities.
Cases brought to the Justice Department under the Obama administration such as the deadly police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson and the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore were dealt with on a federal level after following violent demonstrations and distrust of local police.
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Now Sessions' memo states that "it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.''
Supporters of police reform were not happy with Sessions announcement.
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the superintendent of police, Eddie Johnson, say they will not alter their own plans for their city, which were put in place while Obama was still in office.
"We can only speak for our intentions, we can't speak for the federal government's," a statement on behalf of Emanuel and Johnson read. "The reforms we have made over the past year are built on the principles of partnership and trust between our residents and our officers, and they laid the foundation for the 2017 reform plan we outlined just a few weeks ago."
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Kristen Clarke, who leads the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, tweeted: "It's clear that Session sees no role for DOJ enforcement in policing reform cases. This is shameful & reverses years of reform progress." OH PUT A SOCK IN IT, KAREN