New U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has questioned reports published by his agency about policing in Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri, describing “some of it” as “pretty anecdotal and not so scientifically based.”

While admitting that he had not read the reports, but instead viewed summaries, Sessions questioned the department’s findings using the “anecdotal” critique, ABC News reports.

The Chicago investigation, released in January, found “systemic deficiencies” in the city’s police department including violations of the U.S. Constitution.

In Ferguson, the Justice Department then directed by Eric Holder found extreme instances of racial bias, use of excessive force and a focus on generating revenue through policing.

 

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