"They don't care how long it takes because there is no one telling them they need to get it done sooner," said a former DOJ official.
The Washington Post examined over 50 civil rights cases against officers and found that charges were filed, on average, more than three years after the event.
For example, Eric Garner, who had asthma, was killed in 2014 by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who along with others tackled him to the ground and put him in a chokehold until Garner couldn't breathe. When the officer wasn't indicted, a civil rights case was opened. There are still no charges filed, four years later.
In 2016, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review studied over 13,000 misconduct cases submitted to the Justice Department over 20 years, and found that 96 percent of cases had no charges filed.
The list of people include Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice and more.
Brittany Packett, activist and former appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing has said, historically, less than one percent of the officers who shoot Black people are ever convicted of that crime.
Walter Scott, driving with a broken tail light, was shot while running away from North Charleston police officer, Michael Slager. Two years later, the officer plead guilty to violation of civil rights by acting under the color of law.
Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge officers who had pinned him down and shot him in July 2016. In May 2017, federal prosecutors said they wouldn't file civil rights charges against the officers. In March 2018, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced no charges would be filed either.
"The bottom line is there's no pressure," said Roy L. Austin Jr., formerly a top official in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department (and attorney for the family of Bijan Ghaisar, who was shot and killed by park police last November).
"They don't care how long it takes because there is no one telling them they need to get it done sooner. So they aren't concerned about the impact it may have on the community or the impact it may have on the family. That's just their way, because they are answerable to no one except their immediate bosses."
Federal investigator agencies don't have confrontations at community meetings, politicians holding them accountable with real consequences, or overwhelming angry emails.
The DOJ's statement: "It is important to understand that 'color of law' cases in particular have an extremely high burden of proof and it takes time to put together an airtight prosecution. Every single color of law case is unique and length depends on a plethora of factors, including: available evidence, the number of witnesses and subjects, local procedures, and grand jury availability."
A cumbersome process noted by approvals of witnesses and scheduling is part of the issue, but there's also an avoidance of controversy.
"There's first of all the general reluctance on the part of prosecutors to go after people in law enforcement because they consider themselves all working on the same team," said Tim Lynch, director of the Project on Criminal Justice at Cato Institute, a think-tank in Washington that advocates for smaller government.
Ronald T. Hosko, a former FBI agent and president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, which helps officers who need financial or legal assistance in such cases said of the DOJ, "They take their time. There's no rush, and I think some of that is tactical. They're trying to be thorough. But as time goes by, some of the heat is taken out of the community and then they give you the result nine months later."
The Trump administration proposes that government agencies should define sex as "a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth."
#WontBeErased hashtag erupted hours after The New York Times reported the Trump administration's push via a memo for a new legal definition of gender, which would essentially eradicate the estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify as a different gender than the one assigned assigned at birth.
It's a national problem, but New Orleans is fighting back.
Even American families aren't exempt from being separated. Is America great again yet? Asking for a friend.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) has screwed up. The agency told a federal judge Tuesday that it may have accidentally separated a father and toddler- who could both be US citizens- for as long as a year, in the process of enforcing the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.
Children's counsel said Trump made up the family separation requirement.
U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee of California said in her decision Monday not to amend Flores v. Reno and that "absolutely nothing" prevents President Trump from reconsidering their current blanket policy of family detention. And, Tuesday is the deadline for the administration to reunite children under five with families — but only half will have that opportunity.
Trump's efforts to rescind the affirmative action guidelines just add to the trend to erase landmark accomplishments of the Obama legacy.
The Trump administration plans to toss an Obama-era guideline that encourages colleges and universities to consider race as a way of promoting diversity.
A report released yesterday shows gender discrimination, harassment, macho culture and intimidation are rampant.
The Inspector General's review of the ATF, DEA, FBI and U.S. Marshals Service showed low percentages of female representation in leadership and promotions, underreporting of discrimination and harassment due to fear of retaliation and men who thought gender equity was "just fine."
Justice takes a backseat to ego as DOJ sets quotas on judges.
New York Congressman and former undocumented immigrant Rep. Adriano Espaillat, in his recent commentary on CNN, stated that President Donald Trump goes after the Dreamers and immigrants every time he feels Robert Mueller's heat, Stormy Daniels' heat or heat from his base.
Trump throws more fake red meat to his base, diverting attention from repetitive management failures, uncovered lies, Republican legislator push back and the lowest approval ratings of any president at this point in his term.
The U.S. Justice Department is potentially planning to redirect resources of its civil rights division to investigate and possibly sue universities over admissions policies deemed to have discriminated against white applicants.
Trump administration continues discriminating against LGBTs; meanwhile, EEOC provides a very different viewpoint.
On the same day President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in any capacity in the United States military, the Department of Justice delivered a setback of its own to gay workers.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights expressed its "grave concerns" about messages coming from the Trump administration.
In a majority decision made by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, President Donald Trump's administration will be investigated for proposing cuts that will lead to a "dangerous reduction" of civil rights enforcement.
Undocumented not a criminal problem, according to local authorities.
The Department of Justice has made good on its promise that grant money would be in jeopardy for so-called "sanctuary" cities and states. The threat comes around the same time a survey from the Wall Street Journal found that no members of Congress representing border territory support President Trump's plan to build a wall. Many of them are opposed to it, with some saying they are noncommittal.