Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Focus On Violent Crime And Police Morale
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to devote federal resources to combat violent crime and to increase morale across the nation’s police departments.
His statements were the first on-the-record briefing as the top U.S. law enforcement officer.
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He vowed more consistent prosecution of criminals who carry guns in the course of their crimes, insisting that approach will rid the streets of dangerous people responsible for a spike in violence in some major cities.
“If they know they’re going to get popped, they’re going to federal court, they’ll get five years and probably get sent off” far away from their homes, Sessions added.
He praised police and sheriffs’ deputies as “front-line soldiers” in the mission to protect public safety and worried about poor morale and a lack of community engagement in some areas.
Sessions weighed in the controversial reports that the Justice Department had issued in relation to police practices in Ferguson (MO), Baltimore and Chicago. He has not read the full reports but found the summaries “pretty anecdotal” and he has not decided whether the consent decrees would continue.
Sessions specifically made remarks about marijuana, “I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people are smoking pot,” he said.