U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that the rise in shootings and gun-related deaths are the faults of groups such as Black Lives Matter, the American Civil Liberties Union and Antifa, according to Newsweek.
“If you want more shootings, more death, then listen to the ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter and groups who do not know the reality of policing,” Sessions told state and local law police officers in Illinois while discussing crime in Chicago. “If you want public safety, then listen to the police professionals who have been intensely studying this for decades.”
Sessions did mention that murder rates in Chicago have decreased since the beginning of 2017, but still blamed the ACLU, referencing an agreement between the organization’s Illinois chapter and Chicago that allowed increased review of the city’s stop-and-frisk-policy, something he said was a “colossal mistake.”
“Police here are doing everything in their power to reverse these trends,” Sessions said. Adding that “their hands still remain tied” by the agreement.
Karen Sheley, the director of police practices at ACLU of Illinois, blasted Sessions’ comments, calling them “revisionist history.”
“Yet again, this administration encourages unlawful behavior and strong-arm tactics, instead of supporting commitments by local police to do the hard work of building respect and relationships with the communities they serve,” Sheley told the Chicago Tribune. “Black and Latino Chicagoans have lived through the decades of excessive force, unconstitutional and harassing stops, and coercive interrogations leading to false confessions.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.