The War on drugs is back in full force, and this time, it’s not about how much drugs are legal.
It’s about how you’re using them.
The War on Cops is back.
This time, the war is about policing itself.
The Justice Department and the FBI have filed a lawsuit to block the release of a report into how the nation’s police departments and agencies use deadly force.
The report, which has been in the works for years, is being touted by some as a blueprint for reform.
The DOJ and the Feds argue the report would hurt their efforts to reform the police and make it more effective.
“This report will not make America safer,” DOJ Attorney General Eric Holder told the Washington Post in May.
“It is a blueprint to further criminalize Americans’ peaceful expression, freedom of association, and personal freedom, and it will make America less safe and less democratic.”
The lawsuit filed by the DOJ and FBI argues that the report could damage the reputation of the Justice Department, undermine confidence in the police, and have a chilling effect on Americans’ rights to peacefully assemble.
“The DOJ and Feds have made significant progress in addressing serious concerns about police violence and use of excessive force by the NYPD, and they remain committed to doing so,” the lawsuit said.
“This report is unnecessary and ill-conceived and would undermine confidence by the public in our nation’s law enforcement.”
The DOJ argues that by failing to release the report, the public has a “right to know how law enforcement conducts its work, how it is conducted, and the extent to which it contributes to the public safety.”
The report will be released in April and is scheduled to be a part of the next President’s Police Advisory Commission on Police Accountability, which will include representatives from the police department and civil rights groups.
The report is also expected to include recommendations for changes to the NYPD’s use-of-force policy, which critics say fails to address concerns about excessive force and the use of deadly force against black people.
“There are no reforms in the report that could change police departments’ tactics, training, policies, or procedures that have a disproportionate impact on people of color,” said the DOJ’s statement.
“Instead, the DOJ wants to limit our ability to make informed public policy decisions about how we use force and policing by telling us the results of our analyses of the data that we collected.”
This article was originally published by The New York Times.