The Obama administration has been using the controversial practice of sue and settle to engage in a federal takeover of local police and corrections departments.
The way the regime works is the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) files a suit against a city, county or state, alleging constitutional and civil rights violations by the police or at the prison, and the local government simply agrees, resulting in wide-reaching policy changes being imposed on local police and corrections departments via the federal court order.
An Americans for Limited Government review of Department of Justice reported court documents and public statements has revealed a number of cases being brought against major city police departments — and settled without contest.
For example, a 77-page March 30 consent decree between the Department and the City of Newark, N.J. that resulted from a 2011 investigation, a 2014 series of findings by the Civil Rights Division and then finally a federal lawsuit alleging police misconduct in the U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey.
The original complaint alleged that the Newark Police Department (NPD) “has engaged in a pattern or practice of constitutional violations in its stop and arrest practices, responses to individuals’ exercise of their rights under the First Amendment, uses of force, and theft by officers. The investigation also revealed that the pattern or practice of constitutional violations stems in part from deficiencies in NPD’s systems that are designed to prevent and detect misconduct, including its systems for reviewing force and investigating complaints regarding officer conduct.” (Read more from “Obama’s War on the Police Is Real” HERE)