Police Reform Agreements under Review
On Monday, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered the Justice Department to review all police reform activities, including any existing or contemplated consent decrees. The directive comes at a critical time for several major cities, including Baltimore and Chicago, which in lengthy reports revealed unconstitutional patterns of racial discrimination and excessive force in policing.
For all who have been oppressed by those in power because of their race, we lift our prayers of lament, Lord. For the many police departments that are doing their work well, Lord, we give thanks; for the places where police violence has occurred, we pray for accountability. Soften our hearts to your restorative justice so that our broken systems reflect more of who you are. Give us courage to speak up for justice, even when that’s hard.