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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:55 PM

Barr defends police, takes swipe at progressive prosecutors

Source: Associated Press

Barr defends police, takes swipe at progressive prosecutors

By MICHAEL BALSAMO
August 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr staunchly defended the work of law enforcement Monday — promising to push for new legislation to swiftly carry out the death penalty for suspects who commit mass shootings or kill police officers, while also taking aim at prosecutors who “style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers.”

Barr, who had a tough-on-crime approach in his previous stint as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer in the early 1990s, lauded efforts to keep chronic offenders behind bars with long sentences. In his speech to the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans, he said that helped seriously cut down violent crime. He also said the government must have “zero tolerance” for suspects who resist the police and denounced protesters who threw water on New York City police a few weeks ago as “prancing punks.”

That hardline stance, however, puts Barr at odds with today’s criminal justice reformers. While the tough-on-crime thinking was common among law enforcement officials in the early 1990s — as the national violent crime rate peaked —many in the criminal justice field now favor rehabilitation instead of incarceration.

President Donald Trump has pushed efforts to overhaul the criminal justice system, often touting bipartisan legislation he signed last year that gives judges more discretion in sentencing and eases mandatory minimum sentences. At the same time, the president has been an ardent defender of police — once telling officers in a speech they shouldn’t “be too nice” to suspects they arrest — and has a long history of advocating for the death penalty. Those positions tend to popular with the president’s conservative political base.

In his speech, Barr praised federal prosecutors who have brought more cases against violent criminals and drug dealers in an effort to curb the opioid epidemic. But he added that more needs to be done, saying that most of the illegal drugs being trafficked into the U.S. are being brought in by Mexican drug organizations and other transnational gangs.

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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:58 PM

1. fraternal order of police. ugh nt

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 12:39 AM

2. Ya' know

I never got this-if you walk up and blow the head off a 5 year old child on a swing in the park that's one thing. But if you do the exact same thing to an armed and well-trained adult during his work day it's a totally different thing. And only one of them is likely to get you the death penalty. I would tell the judge I was about to sell a single cigarette and was in fear for my life.

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 12:42 AM

3. this fucking pig needs to go

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 01:03 AM

4. How does he feel about violations of the Hatch Act?

Or is it just a tough-on-some-crime pose?

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