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The Washington Post
May 6, 2017

Sessions follows the Obama script on prosecuting cops, but not on police reform
By Matt Zapotosky


Even in the Obama administration, prosecutors turned down far more civil rights cases than they prosecuted. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, prosecutors brought 222 cases from fiscal year 2012 to 2016 involving deprivation of rights under color of law the civil rights charge which is normally contemplated in police use-of-force cases. But in each of those years, they never prosecuted more than 10 percent of the referrals they received.


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