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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions praises “Anglo-American heritage” of law enforcement

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo: Democracy Now

 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Photo: Democracy Now

Washington, Feb 14 (RHC)-- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drawn outrage and condemnation by referring to the “Anglo-American heritage” of U.S. law enforcement.  

Sessions made the remark in a speech to the National Sheriffs’ Association’s winter conference in Washington, when he said: “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.” 

A spokesperson for the Justice Department defended Sessions’s comment, saying that the phrase “Anglo-American law” is commonly used by lawyers and appears in opinions from the Supreme Court. 

In a statement, the NAACP called Attorney General Sessions’s remarks the “latest example of dog whistle politics,” adding: “His stances at DOJ regarding their reversal of support for cases against voter suppression, his attempt to withdraw from consent decrees to [rein in] police misconduct, and the decision to return to policies including mandatory minimums that played a key role in the expansion of mass incarceration, are powerful examples of why communities of color must pay attention to what he does and what he says.”

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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