President Trump Just Signaled Some Dramatic Changes for Police and Criminal Justice

Source: Time

President Trump wasted little time making clear that his administration will take a drastically different approach to criminal justice than his predecessor.

Shortly after taking the oath of office as the 45th U.S. president Friday, the White House published six issue statements on its website, including one titled “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.” In it, the Trump White House pledged to be a “law and order administration” while stopping what it characterized as a “dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America.”

The statement indicates a stark pivot from the more conciliatory approach of the Obama administration, which saw the Department of Justice as a champion of civil rights in addition to an enforcer of criminal laws.

Throughout the presidential campaign, now-President Trump promised to restore “law and order,” portrayed the country’s inner cities as ridden with crime, and criticized what he described as a “war on police.” He also championed a return to police practices such as “stop-and-frisk” in New York City, which was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013.

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