During a speech at Dillard University in New Orleans earlier this month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said the American criminal justice system is “racist…front to back.” Police were not thrilled by those comments, to say the least. “I now cannot trust her words are real,” Yarmouth Police Chief Frank G. Frederickson told the Boston Herald on Friday. “It appears she is telling the audience in front of her what she thinks they want to hear.”
Warren has “diminished the sincerity of her condolence efforts” and “slapped in the face” all law enforcement, Frederickson added. Dudley Police Chief Steve Wojnar also demanded an explanation from the senator. “Labeling the entire criminal justice profession as ‘racist’ spreads false and damaging information about our members,” he wrote in a letter. “We feel we do a very good job in Massachusetts of producing professional and community oriented police officers.” The dangers police face can best be calculated by the number of fallen officers year after year. Ab0ut 135 cops died in the line of duty in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years.
At least 54 law enforcement officers have died while on duty since the start of 2018. In the past few years, anti-police sentiment has resulted in police being victims just because they wear the badge. Five officers were killed in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter protest on July 7, 2016. The next day, an officer in Ballwin, Missouri was shot from behind and critically injured during a traffic stop while he was walking to his patrol car.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered his own strong response to Warren’s verbal attack on the criminal justice system, calling her comments “a slander of every law enforcement prosecutor in American. And frankly, I think it is an insult to their families and to the crime victims they have helped to face their attacker.”
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