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Last week, Jeff Sessions' Justice Department declined to charge two officers in the death of Alton Sterling, police officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty to the use of excessive force in the death of Walter Scott, and the Dallas PD dismissed the officer who shot and killed 15-year old Jordan Edwards.

  • In the coming months, Sessions' DOJ will face the cases of two black men who were killed by police officers: Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold in NYC, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot in Cleveland.
  • A new administration: Many are worried that under Trump, who promoted "blue lives matter," and AG Sessions, who faced charges of racism when nominated to a federal judge slot in 1986, these kinds of cases won't make it to court.
  • Black Lives Matter: Now includes and defends immigrants and other minority groups. They are focusing their efforts on lobbying and legislation, the Washington Post reported.

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