But in Trump’s Justice Department, some of the previous efforts to hold police accountable, including the consent decrees, were dismantled.
The four white officers charged with beating King were acquitted, and massive riots ensued.
After the acquittal, the Justice Department, under Barr, filed federal charges against the four officers for violating King’s civil rights.
But in his time as attorney general under Trump, Barr’s Justice Department has all but abandoned broad investigations into policing practices .
According to Barr, Bush was “very much engaged,” speaking with “some civil rights leaders who were calling in.”