Pastor calls for federal consent decree to address police violence in Fort Worth

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Fort Worth

The Rev. Kyev Tatum, pastor of New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church, has called for a federal consent decree to force changes in the Fort Worth Police Department after the fatal shooting of JaQuavion Slaton.

Tatum organized a meeting on the topic Thursday at his church, saying the so-called 3-E Action Plan and a Race and Culture Task Force to provide community oversight of the police department have not slowed the number of police shootings in the city, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story.

Slaton, 20, who was armed and also wanted by Tyler police, was shot and killed June 9 by Fort Worth police.

Court-monitored consent decrees relating to the role of racism in police violence were authorized after high-profile police shootings in Baltimore; Ferguson, Mo.; and New Orleans. Former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit prompted the Chicago Police Department to agree to a consent decree this year, the story said.

U.S. attorneys general for the Trump administration have largely moved away from consent decrees which, despite their help in reforming the culture of deadly force in a police department, can cost millions of dollars and last for more than a decade, Alex Del Carmen, a former federal consent decree monitor, told the Star-Telegram.

Most police departments do not qualify to be under a consent decree, Del Carmen said, because their internal difficulties simply do not rise to a level that would require federal intervention, the story said.

 “We’re going to press as many ways as we can,” Tatum said Thursday night. “There is a huge void of trust between the black community and the police now. People are afraid to get pulled over, afraid for their children.”

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