Sessions Hasn't Read the DOJ Reports on Ferguson and Chicago Police
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 0:30
Sessions told reporters Monday that he was still mulling how to proceed in the Justice Department's investigation of the Chicago Police Department.
He also claimed that law enforcement officers "are becoming more cautious" amid criticism of policing practices in "this age of viral videos and targeted killings of police".
"You have 800,000 police in America, imagine a city of 800,000 people", said Sessions. "When the Justice Department report came, there were a lot of questions, and I've been very clear we're going to continue to do what's in our self-interest as it relates to training, technology, transparency and leadership, so our police officers have the support, the confidence to do their job".
(Sessions) "We've undermined the respect for our police and made, often times, their job more hard".
The Obama-era Justice Department opened 25 investigations into police departments and sheriff's offices, NBC said.
In Ferguson, the site of the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in 2014, the Justice Department found extreme instances of racial bias, use of excessive force and a focus on generating revenue through policing.
"We need witnesses we need to have cooperate with us when crimes do occur". "And we need to support the fearless men and women of law enforcement as they work day and night to protect us".
Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in January, "One of my highest priorities... has been to ensure that every American enjoys police protection that is lawful, responsive, and transparent".
Almost half of federal prisoners are in custody for drug offenses, and the Bureau of Prisons budget accounts for about one-third of the department's overall $29 billion spending plan.
"It think it's the wrong time to pull back from this experiment, and if the federal government's going to come and begin closing in and arresting people that we doing what's legal in different states, my God, it creates a level of conflict that's going to be very hard", Hickenlooper told MSNBC.
"I'm really anxious about Chicago with the surge in murders", Sessions said. "But states, they can pass the laws they choose".
Former President Barack Obama made no effort to stop states that voted to legalize recreational marijuana, but never took to steps legalize the drug at the federal level.
He waded into the controversial topic of legalizing marijuana and said the department was weighing how to approach the increasing number of states, including California, that are decriminalizing the drug even though it remains a federal crime to sell or possess it. "The only connection between marijuana and violence is the one that exists when illegal sellers battle it out for profits in the black market".