Justice Department halts its review of Memphis police

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department says it’s halting a review and reform process of the Memphis Police Department.

In October, Justice Department officials launched the comprehensive review of Memphis police after citizens criticized the department’s use of deadly force and its treatment of the black community.

In a news release Friday, the Justice Department said its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services won’t proceed with the collaborative reform process, and has made other technical assistance and training resources available to Memphis police.

The review began after an announcement in September that federal officials found insufficient evidence to file civil rights charges in the July 2015 shooting of a black man by a white officer. The shooting following a traffic stop that escalated.

Similar assessments have been conducted at other police departments.