Police, Sessions slam Elizabeth Warren for calling criminal justice system 'racist'
Leading police officials in Massachusetts have accused Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of insulting rank-and-file officers when she stated the criminal justice program was "racist … front to back" earlier this month.
Warren created the remarks Aug. 3 at Dillard University, a historically black college. She cited disproportionate arrests of African-Americans for petty drug possession an overloaded public defender program and state laws barring convicted felons from voting right after their sentences are comprehensive.
In response, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson known as Warren’s comments "an insult to the hard functioning guys and females of the Yarmouth Police Division, as properly as other Regional, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies who are component of the criminal justice program."
In a letter to Warren, Massachusetts Chief of Police Association President Steven Wojnar stated he was "extremely troubled" by the senator’s comments.
"Labeling the complete criminal justice profession as ‘racist’ spreads false and damaging information about our members," Wojnar wrote. "When our elected officials make generalized and inflammatory statements about our whole profession, with out any data to back their position, it creates further hostility toward our officers and can damage the positive relationships with our residents that we have worked long and tough to establish."
Attorney Basic Jeff Sessions also known as out Warren during a speech in Georgia on Thursday, calling her statement "a slander of every law officer and every prosecutor in America. And, frankly, I believe it is an insult to their families and to the crime victims they have helped to face their attacker."
In a statement obtained by The Boston Globe this weekend, Warren said: "I spoke about an complete technique &mdash not men and women &mdash and will continue to work on reforms to make the criminal justice system fairer.
"The complete law enforcement program has a lot of great people who get up every day and try to make this a a lot more just, a far more fair, a lot more responsive method. And they say over and more than, the technique needs reform. It wants change."
A spokeswoman for Warren’s Senate re-election campaign told the Globe that Warren spoke to Frederickson on Saturday. Warren’s workplace did not quickly respond to requests for comment from Fox News.
Warren is heavily favored to win a second Senate term in deep-blue Massachusetts this November. She is also considered a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
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Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Published at Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:30:00 +0000