Jeff Sessions Faces Backlash over "Anglo-American Heritage of Law Enforcement" Comments

Jeff Sessions Faces Backlash over

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday brought up sheriffs' "Anglo-American heritage" during remarks to law enforcement officia instatul ls in Washington. "We don't want them in", Mr. Trump told a National Sheriffs Association roundtable discussion at the White House.

Dog whistle politics: Attorney General Jeff Sessions praises the "Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement". He added: "We must never erode this historic office".

Sessions also delivered condolences to the families of officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering killed in Westerville, OH last week. During the Civil War, the military became the primary form of law enforcement in the South, but during Reconstruction, many local sheriffs functioned in a way analogous to the earlier slave patrols, enforcing segregation and the disenfranchisement of freed slaves.

Sessions made the freaky remarks at the National Sheriffs Association's winter meeting.

"Right now we're working on DACA, we're working on immigration bills, and we're making them tough so you people can enforce the laws", he said. There, he described 1000 years of evolution of rule of law and of the Anglo-American common law system.

The stated mission of the Justice Department is "to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans".

Above Google's "top stories", all of which touched on the exact same incident as this one does, it reads: "Common law, also called Anglo-American law, the body of customary law, based upon judicial decision and embodies in reports of decided cases, that has been administered by the common-law courts of England since the Middle Ages".

Among other comments, Sessions allegedly derided the NAACP and ACLU as "Communist-inspired" and "un-American", and said he thought the Ku Klux Klan was alright until he heard that some members smoked marijuana. "The sheriff is unique to that shared legal heritage", spokesman Ian Prior said. Time magazine national correspondent Charlotte Alter tweeted that Sessions' statement was proof that "our justice system is rooted in white supremacy". Yet while corrupt police departments perpetuate the vicious cycle of targeting young black men, voting rights violations deny racial minorities the right to vote, targeted individuals remain the focus of hate-fueled crimes, and the president uses hateful language himself to demonize virtually every underrepresented class of citizens, the attorney general sits quietly.