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A Los Angeles police officer turning on his body camera. Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.

The Justice Department is lifting a ban on police wearing body cameras in some joint operations with federal agents. Many local agencies have clashed with federal agents over the matter, per the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: While federal officers will still be banned from wearing body cameras in operations that include fugitive hunts and building searches, both federal and local police officers working in joint task forces will be allowed to use them in other operations. Federal officials argue the unfiltered use of body cameras could jeopardize operations and risk revealing sensitive information.

  • The change will be implemented through pilot programs in at least six cities. Officers will only be permitted to wear cameras while executing search warrants and some arrests.
  • The Justice Department hopes running the trials for a period of 90 days will answer major questions such as how footage should be stored, when cameras should be turned on or off, and how to protect anonymity for undercover officers, per the Journal.

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Scoop: Anthony Coley to lead Justice Department public affairs

The U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images

Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, has tapped Anthony Coley, an Obama-era Treasury Department official, to serve as a senior adviser and lead public affairs at the Department of Justice, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: As the public face of the DOJ, Coley will help explain — and defend — the department's actions, from sensitive cases to prosecutorial decisions, including the investigation into Hunter Biden.

AP: Justice Dept. rescinds "zero tolerance" policy

A young girl waves to onlookers through the fence at the US-Mexico border wall at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, California in Nov. 2018. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden's acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memo on Tuesday to revoke the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated thousands of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, AP first reported.

Driving the news: A recent report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz emphasized the internal chaos at the agency over the implementation of the policy, which resulted in 545 parents separated from their children as of October 2020.

Biden picks up his pen to change the tone on racial equity

Vice President Harris looks on as President Biden signs executives orders related to his racial equity agenda. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden is making a down payment on racial equity in a series of executive orders dealing with everything from private prisons to housing discrimination, treatment of Asian Americans and relations with indigenous tribes.

The big picture: Police reform and voting rights legislation will take time to pass in Congress. But with the stroke of his pen, one week into the job Biden is taking steps within his power as he seeks to change the tone on racial justice from former President Trump.