Justice Department to limit Obama-era program that oversees police violence

The US Justice Department has announced that it is rolling back a program created by the administration of former President Barack Obama to help reform police departments after controversial incidents such as police-involved fatal shootings.

The department said Friday it’s making significant changes to the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance, which was established in 2011 to investigate and issued public reports about problems it found in individual police departments.

The program is a “a long-term strategy that first identifies issues within an agency that may affect public trust and then offers recommendations based on a comprehensive agency assessment for how to resolve those issues and enhance the relationship between the police and the community,” the Justice Department said in 2016.

“Changes to this program will fulfill my commitment to respect local control and accountability, while still delivering…

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