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Thu Dec 7, 2017, 05:40 PM

Sessions derides intern in newly released DOJ video

Source: Politico

Sessions derides intern in newly released DOJ video

By NOLAN D. MCCASKILL 12/07/2017 02:14 PM EST

Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed a claim that there’s widespread fear of police among poor minority communities and taunted a woman who said guns were more fatal than marijuana, calling her “Dr. Whatever Your Name Is.”

The attorney general’s comments came in a 25-minute session with Justice Department interns on June 22, according to ABC News, which first reported Sessions’ remarks and obtained internal DOJ video of the event through a Freedom of Information Act request.

In the video, a student from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law began his question by invoking Philando Castile and Michael Brown, two African-Americans who were killed by police officers in separate incidents that drew national attention, and others who have “fallen victim to excessive force.”

Sessions said DOJ cares about “all communities” and “public safety.” “We care about having neighborhoods — every neighborhood — where children can walk safely in their communities and feel that they can play outside, that their mothers and fathers don’t have to drive them to the bus stop, as I hear in New York is required because they’re afraid they might be attacked on the way to the bus stop,” he said.

The student responded, noting that he “grew up in the projects to a single mother, and the people who we are afraid of are not necessarily our neighbors but the police.”


Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/07/jeff-sessions-video-interns-justice-department-286076

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