Do we need a new civil rights unit? An inteview with Attorney General John Kroger

program date: 
Wed, 05/27/2009

John Kroger wants to be an activist attorney general. Since being sworn in, he’s taken on predatory lenders, challenged the LNG terminal, and headed up the investigation of Mayor Sam Adams. Now he’s asking lawmakers to fund a new civil rights unit so he can sue Oregon companies that break our state’s civil rights laws. His request comes as lawmakers in Salem are facing a growing budget crisis and considering major cuts in education, family services, public safety and other essential services. Can we afford Oregon Attorney General John Kroger's vision?

Dave talks with Oregon's top prosecutor about why we need a new civil rights division in the Oregon Department of Justice and what exactly it will do. Will this unit replace the work being done by the Bureau of Labor and Industry's civil rights division? Will the state pursue civil rights violations by other public agencies such as city police departments?

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