Police Week 2018: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Addresses the National Association of Police Organizations

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered remarks at the 25th Annual Top Cop Awards Dinner put on by the National Association of Police Organizations.  Read an excerpt from his speech below.

It’s an honor to welcome all of you to Washington for National Police Week.  I am proud to be part of this celebration tonight as you recognize this year’s TOP COPS award winners.

I believe one of my highest duties is to call attention to your successes, and to encourage our fellow citizens to support you in your difficult and dangerous work.

But what has made times difficult recently for law enforcement is that—by the end of the previous administration—many of you came to believe that some of the political leadership of this country had abandoned you.  Some radicals and politicians began to unfairly malign and blame police as a whole for the crimes and unacceptable deeds of a few. Amazing— their message seemed to be that the police were the problem, not the criminals. They wanted the ACLU to determine police policies, and that was enforced by a federal court order. They said police were violent while homicides in America increased by a total of 20% in 2015 and 2016, the largest jump since 1968. Law Professor Paul Cassell and economics Professor Richard Fowles established that in Chicago, homicide jumped 58% after the ACLU settlement ended proven and constitutional policing.

We have seen targeted assassinations of police by people who believe that most officers seek to brutalize their fellow citizens.  Last July, a 12-year veteran of the New York Police Department and mother of three was gunned down in cold blood by an assassin while sitting in her police van.

Let me say this loud and clear: as long as I am the Attorney General of the United States, the Department of Justice will have the back of all honest and honorable law enforcement officers.

To read Attorney General Session’s full remarks, click here.

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