The memo also mentions Sessionsâ€™ past comments.
Vanita Gupta, former head of US Justice Departmentâ€™s Civil Rights Division, criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessionsâ€™ memorandum this week ordering a sweeping review of police reform activities of the Obama era.
Gupta expressed her disappointment and told BuzzFeed News that she was â€œnot entirely surprisedâ€ by the decision.
On Monday, Sessions called for a review for all investigations and consent decrees with troubled police departments initiated under Obama administration. He pointed to the federal governmentâ€™s responsibility to manage the local police departments.
Gupta said that â€œthe individual misdeeds of bad actors should not impugnâ€ the work police officers perform â€œin keeping American communities safe.â€ The memo also mentions Sessionsâ€™ past comments including softening of the DOJâ€™s approach towards reform.
Gupta told BuzzFeed News that Sessionsâ€™ remarks â€œpit civil rights against crime fightingâ€ and expressed her concern about Baltimore and Chicago â€“ where the negotiations between police and DOJ are ongoing.
â€œIt is the responsibility of the federal government to enforce civil rights laws,â€ adding that the reviews by the civil rights division are â€œnot about looking at bad actors, itâ€™s about identifying systematic problems.â€
According to the report, Baltimore Police Commissioner on Tuesday called the DOJâ€™s move as unnecessary and â€œwithout a whole lot of justification.â€
â€œThe AG talks about local control, and wanting to defer to local control, you have to wonder why there wasnâ€™t an engagement with the commissioner in Baltimore,â€ Gupta said.
â€œIn Chicago, where we spoke to hundreds of police, thousands of residents, and looked through hundreds of thousands of documents, if that does not yield a change, I think it will be incredibly disruptive,â€ she added.