AG Sessions Resigns!

November 7th, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns.  YES!!!  But that opens the door for misbehavior of tRump and interference/obstruction of the ongoing investigations.  He was boasting today in that beyond bizarre press conference that “I could fire them all” and “I could stop the investigations” “BUT I DIDN’T” so now, what will happen?  $50 he starts firing a few more folks because “I could stop the investigations.”  Hope he does, because that sounds like obstruction to me!

What a wild ride this is…

It’s out.  Former U.S. Attorney Heaphy was commissioned to lead investigation and issue report on the Charlottesville mess.  Here it is, just released:

Heaphy-Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville, Virginia – Dec 1 2017

Read it!

Bottom line:

Independent Review of Charlottesville Rallies, Protests Released

From this article:

However, the review determined the following went wrong that day:

  1. CPD did not seek input from law enforcement personnel experienced in handling similar events.
  2. CPD did not provide adequate training or information to officers in advance of the event.
  3. Charlottesville waited too long to request the specialized assistance of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
  4. Charlottesville City Council unduly interfered with operational planning by directing that the event be moved to McIntire Park just days in advance.
  5. Charlottesville did not provide adequate information to the public about plans for the event.
  6. City planners mistakenly believed that they could not limit the possession of certain items used as weapons at the Unite the Right event.
  7. The owners of private property adjacent to Emancipation Park refused access to their facilities, which hampered law enforcement response during the event.
  8. UVA Police Department refused multiple offers of mutual aid assistance from CPD, resulting in violent encounters that emboldened protesters at the Unite the Right rally.
  9. CPD implemented a flawed operational plan that failed to protect public safety on August 12.
  10. Failure to protect public safety erodes trust in law enforcement



The Dept. of Justice’s report on its investigation of the Chicago Police Department practices is out, and the DoJ’s press release notes that its findings, linked below, include:

The Justice Department announced today that it has found reasonable cause to believe that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) engages in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The department found that CPD officers’ practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable uses of force. The pattern or practice results from systemic deficiencies in training and accountability, including the failure to train officers in de-escalation and the failure to conduct meaningful investigations of uses of force.

A consent decree is in the works.  We’ll see if that helps.

Primary documents:

These are must reads for a cold winter day.