Colin Powell Plans to Pay Very Close Attention to Jeff Sessions’ Police Reform Agenda
Former national security adviser Colin Powell said he intends to keep a close eye on how the criminal justice system changes under the Trump administration, for better or worse.
In an exclusive sit-down interview with Mic on Tuesday, the former secretary of state to George W. Bush, who has since turned his focus to domestic issues concerning children and young adults, urged communities most impacted by policing and incarceration to speak up about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to de-emphasize police reform.
“It depends on what he does with his review of the consent [decree] agreements,” Powell said referring to the Justice Department policing regulations intended to address systemic discrimination and abuse by police officers. “I mean, he will have to deal with each state and each community and he’ll have to deal with the public. They’ll be watching this very, very closely.”