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Emboldened by Trump, some police unions seek to overhaul Obama’s reforms

January 30, 2017 - Reuters

FILE PHOTO - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to police gathered at Fraternal Order of Police lodge during a campaign event in Statesville, North Carolina, U.S. on August 18, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO - Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, had a blunt message for Donald Trump during a meeting in September: court-ordered reforms aimed at curbing police abuses in the midwestern city are not working.

Loomis and two other attendees said Trump seemed receptive to Loomis’s concerns that federally monitored police reforms introduced during the Obama administration in some cities in response to complaints of police bias and abuse are ineffective and impose an onerous burden on police forces.

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