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CAIR Decries Sessions’ ‘Rollback’ of DOJ Police Reform Efforts

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/4/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried an apparent “rollback” of U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) police reform efforts by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In a “Memorandum Supporting Federal, State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement” released Monday, Sessions claims he wants to “protect and respect” civil rights, but adds that managing state law enforcement agencies “is not the responsibility of the federal government.” Sessions’ memo orders a review of “existing or contemplated consent decrees.”

Prior to his confirmation, Sessions expressed skepticism of the Obama administration’s focus on widespread constitutional abuses by police.

SEE: Sessions Orders Sweeping Review of Police Reform

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“This attempted rollback of police reforms by Attorney General Sessions sends the message that the Department of Justice and the Trump administration seek a return to the days of unconstitutional and unaccountable police actions targeting minority communities. We had been moving in a positive direction in terms of building trust and cooperation between police and local communities. Now is not the time to reverse course.”

CAIR previously opposed Sessions’ confirmation because of his past anti-Muslim statements, associations with anti-Muslim hate groups and his views on a number of civil rights issues.

SEE: CAIR Opposes Confirmation of Sen. Sessions as Attorney General

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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