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Now that he’s made clear the Justice Department is so over voting rights, since racism is a thing of the past, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has focused firmly on the need to Git Tuff on crime, especially by unleashing our brave police to keep us safe. In a speech to the National Association of Attorneys General Tuesday, Sessions made clear that under his guidance, the Department of Justice isn’t about to waste too much time dealing with police abuses, because lawsuits aimed at making police departments respect people’s civil rights make cops sad and unable to keep us safe by cracking down on crimers.

“Somehow, someway, we’ve undermined respect for police and made — often times — their job more difficult,” Sessions said. “We need to help police officers get better rather than reduce their effectiveness, and I’m afraid we’ve done some of that. So, we’re going to pull back a little on this. I don’t think that it’s wrong or mean or insensitive to civil rights or human rights. I think it’s out of concern to make the lives of those, especially in poorer communities and minority communities, live a safer, happier life.”

The idea here is that strict policing will reduce crime and then they’ll all feel a lot safer, at least when people aren’t in fear of the cops, which should also keep their violent tendencies under control. It’s a win-win for public safety, as long as you don’t mind a little trampling on individual rights, which are sacred and inviolable when you’re talking about white gun owners in Texas, but a hindrance to public safety when you’re talking about black people in Chicago or Baltimore.

Sessions acknowledged that crime rates are in fact lower than in previous decades, but the official tone of the Trump administration is Gotham-City Black, so Sessions added that fears of violent crime are “driving a sense that we’re in danger” all the same. Of course, it’s the Trump administration that’s driving that perception with its depictions of cities as dens of constant murder, but that just proves we need to be nicer to cops.

“One of the big things out there that’s, I think, causing trouble and where you see the greatest increase in violence and murders in cities is somehow, some way, we undermine the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult,” he said.

Sessions readily acknowledged Monday that he hadn’t actually read two major DOJ reports on police abuses in Chicago and in Ferguson, Missouri, which both found systemic problems with the police departments’ treatment of citizens. But he said he had read summaries, and as far as he’s concerned, there was no real reason to take the reports too seriously, since “Some of it was pretty anecdotal and not so scientifically based,” a conclusion he might have a hard time supporting based on a summary. As Mother Jones points out, the Ferguson report was far from anecdotal, relying on the city’s own records in most cases, and finding that

African Americans accounted for 93 percent of arrests made by Ferguson police despite being just 67 percent of the city’s population; that black residents were more than twice as likely to have their cars searched during traffic stops despite being more than 25 percent less likely to be caught with contraband than white drivers; and that some discretionary citations like “walking in roadways” were issued nearly exclusively to black people.

The Chicago report also found abuses toward citizens, with these easily-dismissed anecdotal findings, as summarized by MoJo:

  • Deadly force was used disproportionately against black residents.
  • Only 1-in-6 recent graduates of the police academy interviewed by the DOJ “came close” to properly articulating the legal standard for use of force.
  • Chicago’s police review board received more than 30,000 police misconduct complaints over the five years reviewed by the DOJ, but fewer than 2 percent of those were sustained or resulted in discipline. During that same period, CPD investigated 409 police shootings, but found only two to be unjustified.
  • White residents were three-and-half times more likely to have an allegation of police misconduct sustained than black residents. White residents were six times more likely to have their use-of-force complaints sustained than Latino residents.
  • A 2016 review of the department’s dashboard cameras conducted by the department itself found that the audio capability for 80 percent of the cameras were either not working or had been tampered with.
  • Officers commonly colluded to cover up wrongdoing by their colleagues, and officers facing misconduct investigations were coached by union attorneys in a manner “experts had [not] seen to nearly such an extent in other agencies.”
  • Officers routinely picked up and questioned known gang members about drug activity and dropped them off in rival gang territory if they did not cooperate, putting their lives at greater risk.

Those seem like details that perhaps an Attorney General probably shouldn’t skim over. Not that Sessions thinks the Obama administration really knew anything about Gittin’ Tough on crime anyway, because as everyone named Donald Trump knows, Chicago is a hellhole where you can’t walk down the street without getting shot. Sessions also said Monday his DOJ had not yet decided whether to follow through on pursuing a consent decree with the Chicago PD, a process the Obama DOJ had begun. But he did say he was “really worried” about “the surge in murders” in the city, as well as by the decline in the use of stop-and-frisk searches used in Chicago. With those very serious concerns, why would he want to read the reports on police abuses?

Don’t get any hopes up that Sessions will pursue anything but more aggressive policing tactics, because he’s very concerned that if cops are forced to actually follow the law, they won’t be motivated to crack down on crime. In fact, even talking about citizens’ constitutional rights too much may give cops a sad, and they’ll grow so discouraged they won’t be able to function:

“Sometimes local police departments really step up and do a great job. It’s almost disrespectful [to] them for the feds to go in and try to take it over,” Sessions said in response to a question from The Huffington Post.

Sessions also said the nation had “gotten a little overconfident” about public safety and it affected how police responded to violence.

But since the reports he didn’t read were merely anecdotal, there’s no need to pay much mind to their calls for changes in how policing gets done. The main thing is to make sure officers know the feds have their backs and won’t be snooping around every time some criminal (or unarmed criminal-seeming person) gets shot to death by a cop.

As we noted yesterday, awareness that crime has actually declined steadily since the 1980s might indeed poison Americans with a dangerous lack of fear of exploding crime rates, since crime rates aren’t exploding. How on earth will the Trumpers increase the militarization of police if we aren’t deathly afraid of crime, after all?

[USA Today / HuffPo / NYT]

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  • GunToting[Redacted]

    Hey Foghorn, do you know what is REALLY anecdotal bullshit? Your stance on how pot is contributing to this massive wave of violent crime!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      A massive wave of violent crime that actual statistics don’t support, because obviously those statistics are anecdotal!

    • DahBoner

      I left comments on a blog trying to make the case heavy cannabis use causes opioid addiction…

      I told them cigarette smoking correlates to low IQ. It did not go well. *

      * Most drug counselors are ex-addicts, but still addicted to cigarettes. 😁

  • Jamoche

    “Sometimes local police departments really step up and do a great job. It’s almost disrespectful [to] them for the feds to go in and try to take it over,”

    Like the way Donnie wants to have them do in Chicago?

    Sessions is the cop who shows up for the domestic disturbance call and tells you not to be such a disrespectful child.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    I think the final verdict as to whether CSK would have approved of JBSIII as AG has just come in, and it’s not a big shocker to the reality based community.

  • OneYieldRegular
    • Msgr_MΩment

      “Selma? Never heard of it.” — Jeff Bo Sessions, born, Selma, AL.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Alright, who leaked this footage of Donnie’s deportation force?

  • Msgr_MΩment

    It’s a win-win for public safety, as long as you don’t mind a little trampling on individual rights,…

    You need to crack a few skulls to make an old-lady omelette.

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    Don’t forget that to this creep and racists like him “a safer, happier life” for the coloreds means not being uppity in any way, shape, or form, and knowing their place, just like it was in the South in the olden days.

  • Oblios_Cap

    “Sometimes local police departments really step up and do a great job. It’s almost disrespectful [to] them for the feds to go in and try to take it over,”

    Unless, of course, it’s Chicago.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    “Who is going to stop us? We ARE the police!” — Reinhard Heydrich

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Technically, alcohol is a solution. It’s the final one I have at the end of the day.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Two seldom sung heroes.

      • OddMan

        Fascinating story.
        Thanks, I learned some history today, it’s one of the reasons I hang out around here, smart people.

        And the dick jokes.

    • Mavenmaven

      Herschel Grynszpan?

  • Oblios_Cap

    If you put a bunch of assholes in uniforms it doesn’t make them better people. it just makes them assholes in uniforms.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Gang members with badges.

      • tomamitai

        This. They’re the only gang members who still observe the code of omerta.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Bullies with badges.

    • grindstone

      Remember the movie Silverado where Brian Dennehy shows off his new badge and says, “welcome to heaven”? Yeah, bad guys with badges are just worse guys.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    We need to help police officers get better rather than reduce their effectiveness, and I’m afraid we’ve done some of that.

    Asshole, opposition to police brutality =/= reducing the effectiveness of law enforcement. Your own department can tell you more FFS.

  • memzilla Ω

    Shorter Sessions to police: “Ready, Fire, Aim.”

    • GoutMachine

      Oh, they aim before firing – at least when the “suspect” is blah.

      • wavicles

        It’s the ‘ready’ part that’s skipped. As in “do I need and am I ready to kill this person?”

  • herrointment

    Shakin’ the tree, boss.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    black residents were more than twice as likely to have their cars searched during traffic stops despite being more than 25 percent less likely to be caught with contraband than white drivers

    So much for the “but blacks are more likely to commit crimes so of course more of them get arrested!” line…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfac49fa4013f77ce3f01fedaf8c71f467c848dd65efb97d8bdfa6258d1da7c7.jpg

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    I live in the inner-most center of a larger city. I get shot constantly. Fortunately I have Obamacare so they just fix me up and I’m on my way. Like it never happened.

    • Groundloop

      I live on the edge of downtown Toronto. I too am being shot constantly, but, being Canadian, my assailants always apologize, and more often than not go to the nearest Tim’s to grab me a large double-double while I await the ambulance.

    • tomamitai

      What kind of boat do you use to navigate the rivers of blood running in the streets?

  • Bill D. Burger

    “One of the big things out there that’s, I think, causing trouble and where you see the greatest increase in violence and murders in cities is somehow, some way, we undermine the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult,” he said.

    Sure! Just ask Walter Scott…oh, that’s right. You can’t he was unarmed and running away and was gunned down.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/557b6f43b29af9e7488e2e8a01aab7cf6d53adf4d5943a325e0829c39bdf45d9.jpg

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      “Anecdotal. Also, the tree is probably covering up the arsenal of drugs and weapons he’s moonwalking towards.”
      -Republicans

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Because running after him would have made the police’s job more difficult.

      • Scrofula

        More dangerous–he’s much more likely to trip or sprain something if he were to actually run.
        Using his radio to call a BOL might contribute to carpal tunnel. Just think of the cost to taxpayers!

        • tomamitai

          Wasn’t doughnut overdoseheart attack the second leading cause of on-the-job deaths among police until recently?

          • Scrofula

            Well, the shooter in that vid looks like a regular ultra-marathoner.

    • snark-lurker

      evidence was planted, injustice metted out

    • cmd resistor

      But he did have that broken tail light, so was not an angel.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    “We” have not undermined the respect for the police. The police themselves — by styling themselves as a paramilitary internal security force rather than public servants, by referring to us as “civilians,” by interacting with us as a hostile presence, by not enforcing any internal discipline, and by abusing their authority — have inflicted that damage.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I spent a good portion of my adult life in a culture were these guys were just more civilians.

    • Ricky Gay

      I blame Apple, Google and all those damn smartphone makers!!1! Weren’t no police problems before that!

    • peteywheats

      Not to mention that they kill us over and over, and on tape, and almost never pay the proper cost for their crimes.

    • clubseal

      Who watches the Watchmen?

    • clubseal

      Also too, a lack of accountability starts at the top. America has done pretty much whatever it has wanted to the rest of the world without so much as a slap on the wrist, and even when we’re attacked, the going propaganda is that it has nothing to do with people being upset we’ve screwed them over.

    • Zyxomma

      Part of the reason for this is the sale of “surplus” military equipment to various police forces, and the no-knock warrants made popular by the “war on drugs.” . If you haven’t read Radley Balko’s ‘Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,’ you owe it to yourself to do so. Your local library should have it. If not, scroll up, look right, and use Wonkette’s Amazon link so Rebecca will get a few cents out of it.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Only 1-in-6 recent graduates of the police academy interviewed by the DOJ “came close” to properly articulating the legal standard for use of force.

    Oh, that’s not scary at all. Fuck.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I’m surprised it’s that high. Their articulation of the probable cause standard, and exceptions thereto, would be comical if people’s rights weren’t being violated.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      They could be imagining an overly restrictive standard that puts themselves and others in danger. … … BWAHAHAHAHA. I’m just fucking with you. I’m sure they think the standard is: “is my body camera off?”.

      • DahBoner

        “If no, hit the reset button and you got 60 seconds to beat the suspect like a rental mule”

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Hmm…
      .
      Only 1-in-6 recent graduates of flight school “came close” to the runway.
      Only 1-in-6 recent graduates of medical school “came close” to properly identifying the heart.
      Only 1-in-6 recent graduates of beauty school “came close” to leaving perm solution in customers’ hair for the right amount of time.
      .
      Well, you can see how this is not good.

      • OddMan

        If we could just get 1-in-6 GOP members of congress to have a heart and a brain.

        But I must be thinking of Oz.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        In Idaho, you have to have 2000 hours of instruction to get a cosmetology license. You can be certified to carry a gun and arrest people with around 80 hours of training.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Well, I mean, dead is one thing. But a bad haircut is forever.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        Especially if you really, really care about your hair.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Only 44-in-45 Presidents understand the Constitution.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        I only wish the ratio was that good.

      • GoutMachine

        Mmmmm, 43-in-45, I think.

        • tomamitai

          I wouldn’t put it over 20 of 45, and I suspect I’m being generous.

    • wavicles

      With a mentor, it takes years of training and discipline to become a master of the use of ‘The Force’.

  • bookish

    Ryan Zinke tapped for Secretary of the Interior.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/for-interior-montanan-with-deep-roots-and-inconsistent-record.html

    “Ryan, he’s always called himself a Teddy Roosevelt Republican,” Mr. Schustrom said. “But his record has been inconsistent.”

    Westerners angered by land restrictions are hoping that Mr. Zinke will help them peel back Washington’s grip on public acres. For miners, ranchers and politicians in resource-rich regions, the Obama years were a rough ride. President Barack Obama blocked new coal leases, imposed moratoriums on uranium drilling near the Grand Canyon and set aside 553 million acres for national monuments, more than any other president.

    “I could not be more thrilled that Donald Trump selected him,” said Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, who has tried to transfer millions of acres of public lands out of federal control.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/01/senate-confirms-ryan-zinke-as-interior-secretary/

    • tomamitai

      The federal government stole that land fair and square from the Indians and Mexicans, so it’s only right that they should control and manage it for the benefit of all Americans, not just the sheep fuckers who live near it.

  • Nounverb911
  • PubOption

    “Chicago is a hellhole where you can’t walk down the street without getting shot.” Is there a Fifth Avenue in Chicago?

    • DahBoner

      “Miracle Mile”

      • Nounverb911

        Otherwise know as Mishugana Avenue.

  • bookish

    Jeff Sessions looks like a malignant little elf.

  • Mavenmaven

    Plus it will be so much easier to recruit for the Trump forces if senseless ultraviolence is encouraged.

    • Liberal Fascist Ron

      Horrorshow!

  • Proud Liberal

    Why did you do this to yourself America? Irreparable harm is being done. Fuuuuck!

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Because Hillary said “super-predator” once.
      Because Bill Clinton signed NAFTA (negotiated by Bush 41).
      Because Fox News.
      Because Putin.
      Because CNN and MSNBC would just point the camera at Trump and go home.
      Because James Comey doesn’t know how to do his job.
      Because truth doesn’t matter.
      Because experience in public service has become a liability.
      Because we have an Electoral College instead of direct election of POTUS.
      Because cable news covers Tweets.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        And that black guy tried to make sure everybody had health insurance.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    “What-a, what-a, what I’m a’sayin’ is, there won’t be no trouble as long as you uppity colored folks an’ you womenfolks understand yo place. We white men have got this all under control, so y’all just sit back down there and hush yo’ moufs.”

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      How did you get that exclusive with Sessions?

  • WotsAllThisThen

    I bet Donnie can eat 50 eggs in one hour. Any takers?

    • Proud Liberal

      I’m sure you would win.

    • Nounverb911

      Paul Newman libelz!

      • shastakoala

        Cool

        • snark-lurker

          hand luke

    • Scrofula

      with or without ketchup?

  • anwisok

    “the nation had “gotten a little overconfident” about public safety.”

    Wait, what? Is he saying it’s a bad thing for the public to think they’re safe?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      It is for reptile candidates. If we’re not afraid that the sad, lame demoncrats won’t protect us, we might vote incorrectly.

      • tomamitai

        we might vote incorrectly

        Heaven forbid the rabble start voting for their own best economic interests!

    • Thiazin Red

      In a way it can be. The reason we have idiot things like vaccine deniers and “alternative medicine” frauds is because a lot of people aren’t old enough to remember what the time before mass vaccination and modern safety regulations was like.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • DahBoner

    Salvador Dali made some object with four plastic fried eggs on it and would take it for a walk in New York City.
    https://68.media.tumblr.com/43b366bcc7d6df17b4ace916f1e7908b/tumblr_o4hy3n3tOw1u3x4fho1_400.gif
    #FakeChristian #Surrealism

  • Jack Tenhet

    Urm, Beau? You know what real police type police people think really hurts their jobs of policing? The fact the ICE identifies themselves as “police” when knocking on doors during early morning anti-immigration raids. That kind of thing keep “the bad ones” from ever being ratted on because people are terrified to call the police. Just ask the NYPD.

  • shastakoala

    So the reports are basically climate change data?

  • bookish

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2017/03/01/would-trumps-fda-deregulation-create-an-age-of-miracles-dont-bet-on-it/#e47d95b38837

    One idea that should be dismissed: that lowering the bar for drug approvals will make medicines cheaper if other changes aren’t made to the health care system. Rare disease drugs, like the one Megan Crowley takes or Exondys, cost upward of $300,000 per patient per year. But even for more common medicines, approving more drugs faster doesn’t seem to result in lower costs. Epipen, for instance, had a competitor that seemed to increase its price in tandem with it. Similar increases have happened in chronic leukemia, multiple sclerosis, and for insulin. Where competition does decrease prices, it tends to do so through back-ended rebates that are paid directly to health plans and not passed on to customers.

    Trump has yet to nominate an FDA commissioner. Industry insiders heavily favor Scott Gottlieb, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (also a Forbes contributor) who is libertarian but will likely try to work within the agency’s existing systems, and James O’Neill, a venture capitalist who has argued that the FDA’s requirements for approving drugs should be dramatically reduced. Either one would continue pushing to get drugs for rare diseases approved more quickly. The question is how hard they’ll push the FDA, with it’s 17,000 employees and entrenched culture, to change, and how willing they’ll be to risk approving an unsafe drug.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The FDA is a pain in the ass for big pharma because left unsupervised, big pharma will push drugs out onto the market without adequate testing and get people killed, all in the name of sacred profit.

      • Jack Tenhet

        Recent history proves you to be correct. How many new drugs have had to be recalled in just the last ten years because they killed people? If it’s three, that’s three more than there should have been.

        • Zyxomma

          Yes. Celebrex killed a dear friend’s mother. Elder sister, before bariatric surgery helped her drop 100 pounds and eliminated her need for diabetes medication, took a new med called Byetta. I read about it online, and warned her against it, but unless she knows she’s allergic, she’ll take what’s prescribed (although she avoids pain medication stronger than Tylenol, which I won’t take at all because [1] it has never relieved any pain for me, and [2] the potential for renal and hepatic damage is too high). Within days of starting Byetta, she was hospitalized for pancreatitis–exactly what I warned her about.

          • Jack Tenhet

            Wow! I’m very sorry to hear that. Just proves there needs to be MORE actual testing on medications before releasing them to the public and not less. They can’t streamline life and death to make a few bucks.

          • wavicles

            Releasing to the public has become the final test stage, (with profit attatched).
            As we see with Climate Change, it’s “let’s do this and just see what happens.”

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Yeah, whenever someone says that the FDA needs to loosen up I just remember one particular word: thalidomide.

      Or: the fun of growing up with your hand still being the same development stage it was IN THE WOMB.

    • tomamitai

      How much you want to bet that any reduction in the scrutiny given to new drugs is accompanied by laws limiting patients ability to sue for damages and pain and suffering caused by those drugs?

  • canes_pugnaces

    Problem: The GOP vision of America is at odds with the constitution.
    Solution: Stuff it full of justices who will allow the constitution to be subverted in the guise of originalism.

  • GoutMachine

    Sessions readily acknowledged Monday that he hadn’t actually read two major DOJ reports
    on police abuses in Chicago and in Ferguson, Missouri, which both found
    systemic problems with the police departments’ treatment of citizens. But he said he had read summaries, and as far as he’s concerned, there was no real reason to take the reports too seriously…

    He also slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night, so he might as well just open up a surgery clinic.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Which will then qualify him to run HUD!

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        In case ol’ Ben passes in his sleep? How would they even know?

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    If “law and order” really meant just public safety, they wouldn’t have to sell it so hard. There’s not really any constituency in favor of real, concrete harm to persons and property — save for the criminals actually engaged in it, who tend to be few in number and not generally politically active. So anyone who pushes “law and order” as a political concept has something more sinister in mind, almost by definition.

    The sad thing is, we’ve already seen for decades what these things are. Creating more criminals by forbidding a wider range of minor-nuisance behaviors (or even just things they dislike culturally, cf. Ehrlichman’s famous deathbed admission about the real reason for the Nixon administration’s step-up of the War on Drugs). Enforcing existing petty laws to a needless level of obsession, with no public benefit, because you want to go after certain group of people (cf. the endless cycle of fines upon fines for minor vehicle equipment cites, as in suburban St. Louis). But if it makes your average suburban Fox-watcher feel safer in some abstract, theoretical way, they’ll keep supporting it. Which is why we’re supposed to have the damn constitutional protections in the first place, including those which may occasionally hobble law enforcement to some extent… they protect everyone else from the tyranny of the majority. Which is a concept that ought to sell well to the self-described “individualists” on the libertarian end of the GOP. At least one would think.

    • Hey, those private prisons aren’t going to fill themselves!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Back in the 60’s, some poly sci students took a copy of the Bill of Rights out into the town and asked people to endorse it as a petition, and they got reactions that would make your head spin.

    • Anna Rompage

      “Law & Order” is just another way of saying we need to tart locking up all the freaks, and weirdos, and Gays, and pot heads, and protesters, and any other peaceful miscreant so that America can be a pure society once again…

      Obviously many people in this country don;t seem to mind that we have the highest incarceration rate out of any country in the world, with 3 times more people incarcerated than China, and over 2 times as many as Iran…

    • tomamitai

      There are politically active criminals, but they’re mostly into white collar crimes and usually vote republican.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Every time a Republican says “law and order”, we are obligated to do the “bonk-bonk*” sound from the TV show.

      *Yes, I know it’s not bonk-bonk but I can’t think of a better way to spell it.

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    These Turds don’t care about police officers any more than they care about veterans, or anyone else. If you cared about making officers safer and more effective, you would put your money where your mouth is, and see to it officers are properly trained for their very important jobs. Their job is to serve and protect. Not harass and kill people white men find threatening.

    • data_ninja

      Also too, less guns on the streets, by which I mean freaking everywhere.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        Less guns on the streets, more guns in white Republicans’ pockets.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Yup. More money, more training, more washouts. It’s not an ordinary job – it shouldn’t have ordinary standards or compensation.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        THIS. Recently, my state was trying to hire more state troopers and I looked at one of the job postings. The starting salary was around 70k. Now, that’s nothing to sneeze at, unless you consider that an average home where I live costs about 500k. You’d have to pay me somewhere north of 150k to have me standing out in the fucking rain all the time, handing out tickets and trying to avoid being squished by a semi.

      • i’mjustaskingthequestion

        Personally, I don’t give a fuck what a cop is paid. That is the decision of police departments and the gov’ts that fund them. A cop needs to apply the law in an unbiased fashion. If they can’t do that they should be fired or jailed, depending on the severity of the infraction.

        I don’t want any local gov’t saying “We want to pay these brave people more, but we-just-can’t-afford-it”. I demand a police force that is fair and unbiased. Make it happen or you’re fired next election. If that means we face higher taxes for higher pay for key segments of society, then that is what it means.

        I make the demands

        you (all levels of gov’t) make it happen to the best of your ability,

        I decide to keep you on or not.

    • Meccalopolis

      And improving the communities where they work

  • So, if I’m reading his words correctly, “Yes, things have gotten better, but racist white Grandma is still afraid and the police need to shoot a few black men without the public getting all uppity about it, so we can make her feel better?”

  • Anna Rompage

    Great, so cops can go on abusing people’s civili rights, and it’s looking like Sessions wants to start going after the recreational pot industry, resulting in filling fed contracted private prisons with non-violent pot industry folks from states where it’s legal…

  • It must be exhausting to live in fear of non-existent threats every day.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      They live to be afraid, I’m afraid.

  • bookish
    • Proud Liberal

      In other words…”He lied.”

  • grindstone

    Shorter Sessions: white people are uncomfortable with changing demographics and we can’t have that, so we’re going to force our default value on everyone.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Pretty much the same problem fundies have with science.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        For the same reason: ‘The world is changing! Make it stop!’

    • mardam422

      Plus, if we send all the minoritees to prison, it won’t seem like there’s so many of ’em. That should help white people think they’re getting their country back some, too.

  • Crystalclear12

    This will end in. . . riots, lawsuits and hopefully, massive Republican losses in 2018.

    • Meccalopolis

      If he goes after weed it sure will

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I wonder if more strictly enforced gun laws would help?

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      I wonder if more strictly enforced gun laws rights would help?

      FTFY

      • Close your strike-through tag!

        • clubseal

          More strictly enforced html!

          • WotsAllThisThen

            From my cold, dead anchor tags.

  • Crystalclear12

    Aren’t we due for nice time?

    • Proud Liberal

      Nah. Nice times are for sissys.

    • snark-lurker

      can we plz haz side-boob with that?

    • Anna Rompage

      He’s gonna end up making John Ashcroft look like the current pope…

  • BreakingDeadMen

    All the awful people in the Trump White House are truly awful, Sessions is awfully awful to be sure. But I think the awfulness of Sebastian Gorka is not getting the awe that it deserves. He is the embodiment of the worst aspects of Trumpism and Cheneyism in one (allegedly) human being.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      He is the new John Bolton. A warmongering know-it-all with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

      • And he’s got even fewer legit credentials. His like ‘adjunct faculty’ this and ‘administrative dean’ that and then he married a chick with $$$.

    • capnkrunch

      Allegedly human or allegedly one or both? I heard that he is actually 10,000 demons all sharing a single meat puppet created through dark magic. Allegedly.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        He won’t go to Heaven where the angels fly, that’s for sure

      • Thiazin Red

        And not cool dark magic like Peppermint Butler does, the bad kind.

    • elviouslyqueer

      I was listening to NPR do a thinkpiece this morning, and then I heard Steve Inskeep intone the words “And now, let’s turn to Sebastian Gorka…” I couldn’t hear the rest because of the stream of profanity coming from my lips as I lurched to slam off the radio.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        Lucky you.

    • He is insufferable, obnoxious and unqualified.

      I’ve said this in a couple different places, but I’m stopping my NPR contributions in protest at him being aired so regularly.

    • Ducksworthy

      Hungarian fascism is a particularly virulent strain.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        I hate Budapest Fascists

  • BadKitty904

    OT: The Party of “Fiscal Responsibility,” folks:…

    Trump Administration Would Torpedo U.S. Growth If It Adopts Heritage Foundation’s Ideological Budget Blueprint to Gut Federal Investment, Says Leading Science- and Tech-Policy Think Tank
    https://itif.org/publications/2017/02/27/trump-administration-would-torpedo-us-growth-if-it-adopts-heritage

    • Marceline

      Republicans always screw up the economy. This is a simple message that Dems need to start using more so that we can take advantage of it when it happens.

      • BadKitty904
      • laughingnome

        Always – every single time. Except maybe Reagan, but I think he was lucky he came in just when the economy was going to come out of the hyper inflation of the 1970s.

        • Marceline

          Even Reagan. See also: the stock market crash of 1987. Repub policies always cause bubbles and the bubbles always burst.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        I’ve seen a bumper sticker: “Democrats. Cleaning up Republican messes since 1933.”

    • therblig

      I’m interested in what the leading Thoughts and Prayers Policy think tanks have to say

      • BadKitty904

        Can you interpret in tongues?

  • OrG

    Oh jeffy,don’t let any facts,with their Liberal Bias,get in your way.

    • Ducksworthy

      We all know that Liberal is just an abbreviation of that old timey klan label “niggralovingpinkocommienewyorkjewliberal”. Say it fast with an Alabama accent and you’ll realize why they had to shorten it to “Liberal”.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • fawkedifiknow

    Obeying the law is for the little people. Everyone knows that.

  • mardam422

    “I think it’s out of concern to make the lives of those, especially in poorer communities and minority communities, live a safer, happier life.”
    We’re only doing it for their own good.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Shootings will continue until safety and happiness improves.

    • tomamitai

      We must destroy the village to save it.

      • Bad Tom

        If that doesn’t work, we’ll (continue to) militarize the police.

  • boyblue122

    Who cares if there are dirty cops or violent cops, we need to go after America’s real problem: Pot smoking hippies with the munchies

    • therblig

      mnuchins you say?

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Didn’t he use right-to-work laws to go after the lollipop guild?

    • JustDon’tSayDieInJail

      Are there no vending machines? Are the convenience stores all empty?

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Won’t somebody think of the Fritos????!?!?!??!111

  • tomamitai

    “One of the big things out there that’s, I think, causing trouble and where you see the greatest increase in violence and murders in cities is somehow, some way, we undermine the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult,” he said.

    By holding them to professional standards? By releasing videos that show that cops lie to protect themselves and each other? Whenever there’s some revelation about the government infiltrating or otherwise investigating political issue groups run by U.S. citizens in accordance with their Constitutional rights, officials always trot out the old adage about how “if you aren’t up to no good, you shouldn’t mind being watched”. Well, the honest and honorable men and women who I assume and hope make up the vast majority of law enforcement officers should not only not mind the increased scrutiny, they should welcome it, and any who don’t must be up to something.

    • marxalot

      The only good cop I ever knew left the Force after an ugly incident. Union pressure, IA cover-up, the works. His comment was along the lines of, any cops acting like that were no brothers of his, and if other cops wouldn’t kick them out to defend the badge, then it wasn’t worth defending.

  • BadKitty904

    Every time I see or hear this goober, all that comes to mind is…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myhnAZFR1po

    • Jeffery Campbell

      This young lad is heaps smarter than Sessions.

      • BadKitty904

        Certainly FAR more talented.

    • tomamitai

      At least that guy had a marketable talent, I’ve yet to see what Sessions is good for.

      • Pilotshark

        “I said,Sessions, good god, now, what are you good for?
        Absolutely, nothing”

        war

      • BadKitty904

        “20-30 years” would be my pref.

  • OrG

    Hey,how about stop killing innocent unarmed people? That might help.

  • Master Contrail Program

    fear……Fear…….FEAR!!!!!!! All of the time! Vote Republican!! What are you afraid of?!?!?

    FEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAARRRRRRR!!!!!!!

    • JustDon’tSayDieInJail

      Aw, man, that was what I was going to post. It’s been ringing in my head since I listened to the first 10 minutes of Drumpf’s speech last night.

      • Master Contrail Program

        It’s pretty much all I’ve been hearing since the turn of the millenium, honestly. I figured a large and irrational rightward lurch of most western governments would happen at some point, I just thought it would be in the 2020s.

        The question is: Does the earlier arrival of it mean the inevitable overplaying of their hands, and exhibit Z of how these policies never work will be hastened; so we can heal our self-inflicted wounds sooner? Or will we just be putting up with the nonsense for a longer period of time this go-round?

        • pstockholm

          Hard to say.
          But I have a bad feeling about your 2020s. For some reason we have the farce first, the repeat will be the tragedy when the next iteration of the Republican virus uses martial law to further its agenda.

    • Nick Scroggs
      • Master Contrail Program

        Actually the entire Cobra Unit sums up this administration perfectly. The Pain, The Fear, The Sorrow, The End, and The Joy working with the Russians.

        • Nick Scroggs

          And The Fury.

          • Master Contrail Program

            I knew I forgot one.

    • Pilotshark

      maybe some HATE to go with that FEAR!

      HATE, FEAR !

  • OddMan

    So good old Boureguard only read the summary of the ‘Ferguson Report’ and he said it was “anecdotal”. Hell I just had a damn look and right there in the Fucking Summary it says, in part,
    “Over the course of the investigation, we interviewed City officials, including City Manager John Shaw, Mayor James Knowles, Chief of Police Thomas Jackson, Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer, the Municipal Court Clerk, Ferguson’s Finance Director, half of FPD’s sworn officers, and others. We spent, collectively, approximately 100 person-days onsite in Ferguson. We participated in ride-alongs with on-duty officers, reviewed over 35,000 pages of police records as well as thousands of emails and other electronic materials provided by the police department. Enlisting the assistance of statistical experts, we analyzed FPD’s data on stops, searches, citations, and arrests, as well as data collected by the municipal court. . . .

    Yes Jeff that sounds “anecdotal” to me.

    Jeffrey Boureguard Session, if you are going to lie and make excuses at least make one that can’t be refuted with two clicks on Google.

    • elviouslyqueer

      You forget. Jeff only wants the “right” facts.

    • OddMan

      And having a look at the “Chicago Report’ we see the same damn thing, ‘anecdotal’ my ass.
      From the Summary.
      . . .
      First, we reviewed thousands of pages of documents provided to us by CPD, IPRA, and the City, including policies, procedures, training plans, Department orders and memos, internal and external reports, and more. We also obtained access to the City’s entire misconduct complaint database and data from all reports filled out following officers’ use of force. From there, we reviewed a randomized, representative sample of force reports and investigative files for incidents that occurred between January 2011 and April 2016, as well as additional incident reports and investigations. Overall, we reviewed over 170 officer-involved shooting investigations, and documents related to over 425 incidents of less-lethal force. . . .

      Jeffrey Boureguard Session, you did not read the damn Summary.
      FFS

      • tomamitai

        But where are the double blind placebo controlled studies? 😄

      • OrG

        He MIGHT be lying.

      • Zyxomma

        Consider, too, that many — if not most — civilians will not file a complaint of any type against a cop, for fear of retaliation of one or another type.

    • pstockholm

      We need really persistent and even obnoxious journalists from established media to make a scene, over and over again, at their press conferences, and whenever they venture out onto TV. This is the only way I think these lies can be countered. And we need other journalists to have their back and refuse to attend press conferences where the obnoxious ones are barred or ignored.
      Let them talk to a room full of Breitbart and Fox lackeys and make a stink about that, or better yet ridicule them as the craven, lying weasels they are.
      We have seen “journalists” start to imagine being actual journalists again. More could be encouraged to remember where they stored their spines after journalism school. And conflict sells, especially when the weasels start to get rattled and insulted, and overreact. So the suits will accept it.
      It’s something to work with anyway.

  • TJ Barke

    Let’s get tough on the crime that’s declining, that’ll show it!

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Republicans did promise to turn this country around, after all.

  • Moebym the Persistent Returner

    I had entertained thought of becoming a police officer at one point in my life, but after realizing that that line of work attracts certain kinds of personalities that I find repulsive, and that I may be pressured into choosing between doing the right thing and keeping my job, I felt it really wasn’t worth it.

    • Bad Tom

      You also have constant contact with humans in the worst of circumstances. That can get to you. Same deal for paramedics and ER doctors and nurses.
      ——-
      One of my uncles was a paramedic. Eventually, he had to attempt resuscitation on one of the neighborhood kids after a brutal accident at the high school. He had to give it up after that.

    • Ducksworthy

      Yeah. The profession tends to attract budding authoritarians and a few outright fascists. And the ones who can’t pass the exam become mall cops. The petty tyranny of the little fascisti is really the most irritating thing about living under an autocracy.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      I thought about it mostly because I look hot in uniform. Or, well, I did back then.

  • BadKitty904

    OT: Is it possible to OD on graham crackers? Is that covered by Obamacare?

    • Scrofula

      One can def. have too much Miss Lindsey, and under his plan, no it wouldn’t be covered.

    • the ACA would cover it, but not Obamacare.

      • BadKitty904

        Maybe the Affordable Care Act, then?

    • Pilotshark

      that depends on if they have cinnamon on them or not.

      • BadKitty904

        Well, of course they do. What am I, some kinda Neanderthal?

    • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

      If dunked in pink lemonade, no.

      • BadKitty904

        Wth?

        • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

          I will confess I said that because I knew someone would say wait, what? Though it is something I have done since childhood. Honest, graham crackers in pink lemonade is good! Like the world’s cheapest lemon pie.

          • BadKitty904

            Well, it’s a new ‘un on me…

  • Foocatchoo

    Beauregard is all about DISREGARD for human decency and upholding the law. Whenever I hear him speak, I always think of Foghorn Leghorn.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      Please, Foghorn Leghorn at least has (had?) a kind of goofy grandeur. Sessions is just a goofy little twit. And those pixie ears!

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Now, all that remains to be done is to assign a character to everyone in this Cartoon Administration. Wonkers already have Cartman at the helm, with Foghorn Leghorn as his top cop. Steve Bannon, I think, is Gargamel…

  • If we must have these Southern Republicans I prefer the big loud Foghorn Leghorn types like Rick Perry or Haley Barbour than those creepy little shits like Sessions.

  • Markuserektus

    OT, but ironic in the context of Sessions: David Rubenstein asked Oprah — that’s Oprah Winfrey if you’re not one of her billion fans — “Have you thought that given the popularity you have — we haven’t broken the glass ceiling yet for women — that you could actually run for president and actually be elected?”

    Without directly answering the question, she clearly suggested to Rubenstein, of “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations,” that the idea was worth considering. “I never considered the question even a possibility,” she said. “I thought, oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough. And now I’m thinking, oh. Oh.”

    • Moebym the Persistent Returner

      I know someone who probably won’t vote for her: my dad. He hates her for some reason he’s never been able to articulate to me. It’s kind of similar to other people’s irrational hate of Hillary.

      :/

      • WotsAllThisThen

        He never found a new car under his chair, did he.

        • Moebym the Persistent Returner

          I’m afraid it’s probably her race. My parents have a subtle racism problem they’re in denial about.

    • Treg Brown

      You sure did!

      I got you the coke in the glass bottle. I think they taste better…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b193d5037977e30604c2394c665a5ed89ff6ee0adb10fb16de45a8f44e74513.jpg

      • Jeffery Campbell

        They damn sure do, and the little 6 oz bottles are the bestest of all.

        • Zyxomma

          5 oz.

          • Jeffery Campbell

            Thanks for that.

    • Liberal Fascist Ron

      Did this read like she’s thinking, well, someone has already shown they can become president with no experience and considerable ignorance? Not all that promising a beginning.

  • Treg Brown

    OT: Oprah Winfrey is now considering Presidential run in 2020.

    Not sure how I feel bout that.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanschocket2/oprah-wasnt-really-considering-running-for-president-until-n?utm_term=.lwJxM61KL#.qcdKvEyMj

    • Markuserektus

      Beat you tuit…

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      “A cabinet position for you! And a cabinet position for you! And a cabinet position for you! Cabinet positions for EVERYONE!”

      • Ducksworthy

        So, too much like what we have now?

    • Darlene Underdahl

      Wow. She IS a quick study, but there’s an awful lot to know in order to be effective. All the women-hating women will resent the heck out of her. The men? Your guess is as good as mine.

    • Nick Scroggs

      Great another person from Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil to run for president. Why can’t w have non-famous candidates?

      • FlownΩver

        We can have a lot of them. Sadly, “As Seen on TV” is now the only job requirement a lot of goobers recognize.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      Here’s how I feel about it. Oprah is an intelligent and accomplished person, but she has no governmental experience. I don’t know when we decided that become a rich (and at least Oprah make her fortune) business person was the main thing we looked for. Government is not a business, it does not run like your household budget, deficit spending will not kill us, we owe people a safety net. I would like to elect someone who has served in a national governmental capacity and has experience in affairs of state, and security and is actually interested and capable of the complexities of running the country. Rich businessmen are not going to cut it.

      Not to mention that the idea of a black woman president would drive already crazy people to do god knows what. I mean, they are already willing to burn it all down now. Can you just imagine!?

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        We were worried about the same with Bamz, but fortunately, nothing…

        • bobbert

          But he’s male.

          • BearDeLaOursistance

            Guess I got hung up exclusively on the racial portion. Lord knows there’s haters for all personal characteristics, sad to say.

    • Bad Tom
    • marxalot

      Not another TV star, please, I don’t care how excellent her media empire is.

    • I’d prefer a community organizer background to TV or corporate expertise when it comes to national politics.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      If we’re not forgiving John McCain for foisting Sarah Palin upon us, then Oprah has to face up to the fact that she introduced the world to “Drs” Oz and Phil.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    “One of the big things out there that’s, I think, causing trouble and where you see the greatest increase in violence and murders in cities is somehow, some way, we undermine the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult,” he said.

    “Really, we should just get rid of all that stuff in the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments – after all, if Officer Krupke says you did it you must’ve done it because he wouldn’t have any reason to lie.”

    • Bad Tom

      I have personally witnessed police officers lie under oath in a court of law. I was a member of the jury at the time, so my opinion on the matter counted.

      We acquitted the defendant.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        False flag! Lone wolf! Pillar of the community!

        • Bad Tom

          The defendant was charged with trafficking cocaine.

          The problem was: there was no cocaine.

          The cops busted him in his car: no drugs. They busted his apartment: no drugs, although they did find some money. It was all in the police reports.

          But on the stand, two patrolmen and a detective testified that they had found “a baggie with residue” floating in the defendant’s apartment’s toilet. They surmised that this was from a failed attempt to destroy the drugs.

          But, for some reason, none of the officers included this in their individual written reports. Nor did they seize the baggie, so it could not be introduced into evidence. For the same reason, no analysis could be done on the supposed “residue.”

          They didn’t neglect to seize the money, though.

          The defense attorney impeached each officer in turn.

          I came out of that jury with a far more jaundiced eye towards LEO.

          • FlownΩver

            But the cops just knew he must have had some sometime, maybe probably, so it was OK to act on their knowledge and professional expertise. What could go wrong?

      • marxalot

        I genuinely believe they don’t think of it as lying. The fortress mentality supplies them with the truth-as-they-see-it (the cop is always right, always provoked, always attacked, always justified), and the perception of being under constant siege by outsiders not only permits but demands all action in the support of that “truth” or other members of the fraternity.

        • Bad Tom

          Apparently, even outright fabrication is allowable.
          ——-
          Not always. Everyone on the jury had a real problem with the testimony of those cops. We acquitted in ~30 minutes, which is lightning fast.

        • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

          I think you’re correct. It’s part of the culture, and also because it IS a job with some inherent danger, the risk they’re taking on justifies anything to them in the course of work.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      I was married to an LEO for a while, and that is essentially what he said- “Were good at what we do, and if you weren’t guilty we wouldn’t take the trouble to arrest you”
      True story- I was on jury duty and they asked if I believed an LEO could lie. “You honor, I was married to one for 5 years. I know it for a fact”.
      They let me off.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Who needs that judicial branch anyway, amirite?

      • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

        Ha, do they teach them that literal phrase at every precinct? Glad you got out (in case it ended and that was not your choice, I shall place my foot in my mouth just.. so.)

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          Thanks. Definitely my idea. I never looked back.

  • cmd resistor

    Another cabinet member who likes short stuff to read.

    • Nick Scroggs

      Including Raymond Carver?

      • Shucky Ducky

        “What We Talk About When We Talk About Bad Policing”

  • BrendaKay

    So, our only hope is for local police chiefs to be better leaders and demand the police work WITH their communities. (I am thinking of folks like the chief in Dallas, TX who apparently retired last fall – jeez how did I miss that…)

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Indeed. The fact that Dallas was one of the only BLM marches to be followed by anti-police violence just makes me suspect right-wing provocateurs all the more. They can’t allow a peaceful march with respectful cops and participants to be successful — it’s bad for the narrative.

      Ah, whom am I kidding, there are never provocateurs or shenanigans in Dallas…

  • Bitter Scribe

    The poor “ethnic whites” have hurt feelings because they can’t yell racial slurs at black people without being criticized.

    And now the poor police have hurt feelings because they can’t shoot unarmed black people without being criticized.

    Gee, it’s like there’s a pattern here.

    • MeerkatsRMammals

      Here’s a crazy idea…how bout everyone just stop being dicks? Wow! What a concept…

      • puredog

        Rodney King? Is that you?

        • MeerkatsRMammals

          No. Definitely not…lol. But, his “why can’t we all get along” still rings true.

      • Ducksworthy

        People have been nailed up for cracks like that.

    • Ducksworthy

      GOP Principle 9: The Authorities shall not be subject to criticism by mere citizens.

      • TJ Barke

        Unless they’re democrats.

      • Nick Scroggs

        Principle 44: Democrats are Hitler reincarnate.
        Principle 72: Animals are nothing but obstacles to be used in our path to glory.
        Principle 116: Every protest is funded by George Soros.

    • TJ Barke

      Giving you the same rights as me is the same thing as taking my rights away -wingnut assholes.

  • TJ Barke

    Make America an Authoritarian Hellscape Again.

    • Nick Scroggs
      • BearDeLaOursistance

        “I corrupted a bunch of legislators and engaged in multi-million-dollar fraud and racketeering… but at least I didn’t look at boobies!!1!” — C. Keating

        • Ducksworthy

          Well, as you know, Charlie was big in the Citizens for Decent Literature so yes.

      • FlownΩver

        “Magazines that depict stark nudity on slick paper”? How do the models hold still for the photographer?

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Back to the 1960’s LAPD style, where the main job of police departments was keeping POC’s out of white neighborhoods.

      • Nick Scroggs

        Well that’s pretty much the LAPD from the 1900s to the early 90s.

  • OrG

    Can we just put Cartman in charge and be done with it?

  • Carpe Vagenda

    Haha, I’m Jeff Zucker and destroying our constitutional democracy is my business model! I WIN!!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52694a4600116c0d97387e9263a75aa6a590fb07c57d79675ae227acc7a88e78.png

    • Nick Scroggs

      Oh please, he couldn’t get Jay Leno’s show right, I doubt he could crush Buzzfeed. (Random info, I was actually at the last Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien taping, was backstage and got to meet Derek Fisher and Elijah Wood. I’m using my real name, I don’t give a crap).

      • Carpe Vagenda

        No, he’s a fucking genius, because woops.

        https://twitter.com/thejoshuablog/status/837026829978345472

        • Nick Scroggs

          Not sure if that negates or supports my argument.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Well, if your argument is that he’s an ignorant buffoon who couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel, you’ll get no argument from me. But he did manage to build not one but two of the former ‘news’ organizations which wafted Trump into office on a methane cloud of free airtime and baseless attacks on his opponent.

          • Nick Scroggs

            Very good point, sadly.

    • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

      Ah the future of media. Which is.. all straight dudes but I guess we should be happy one is not white, huh?I am so tired.

  • Master Contrail Program

    Congratulations America, fear is definitely a factor for you. And even though the contest is over and you can’t win the $50,000, you’re still going to have to swallow something gross.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Lie back and think of Canada…

  • Nockular cavity

    Oh, come on! They just made that report SEEM scientific, by loading it up with in-depth historical context, statistics based on large sample sizes, and analysis of trends over decades.

  • Liberal Fascist Ron

    Y’know, I will never understand where this obsession with Chicago *cough*Obama*cough* is coming from.

  • MeerkatsRMammals

    Can someone please include a reading aptitude test in addition to vetting these gov’t people? First we have Trump, who is “so smart” he doesn’t need daily briefings (like the one that would’ve told him the Yemen raid was imminent disaster). Now Sessions refuses to read DOJ findings about police brutality across the nation? If these bastards would read the reports some poor shlub is responsible for putting together, maybe things would be running like the “fine tuned machine” they claim…

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Reeding is hard!

  • SadDemInTex

    The real issue is not that the police are more violent with minorities, it’s that because of camera phones there is irrefutable proof that police have been violating human rights of minorities since, well, there were police and an underclass to abuse. The tragedy is that the rat bastard thinks this is ok and the way it should be.

    • Rick Hill

      The REAL crime is the way people keep presenting evidence of police wrongdoing

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        The leaks are coming from outside the precinct!!1!

        • Bad Tom

          But inside the patrol car!

      • phoenix00

        Always shoot the messenger. With a SWAT team.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      This will continue until someone with a camera records an act that causes so much national outrage, Sessions can’t ignore it. It will, unfortunately probably involve brutalizing some middle age, middle class white person.
      Part of the reason the LAPD was placed under a consent degree wasn’t mere police brutality- it was because they were literally acting like the thugs and drug dealers they were supposed to be arresting.
      I actually read the DOJ report on Ferguson, it wasn’t just the brutality. They had an unjust system to grind Ameros out of poor people that would make the Sheriff of Nottingham blush.

      • Lori

        I’m not sure what cops to do that would cause enough national outrage to make any measurable difference. As a society we’ve become so mean and authoritarian that I worry we’re incapable of it. There’s always a way to make it the fault of whoever the cops kill.

        The other problem is that to be effective outrage has to be sustained. At this point there’s a new terrible thing about every 3rd day or so, which makes focus difficult.

        • Ducksworthy

          And its hard for anything to rise above the loud background of incessant gibberish from the White House. Of course, that’s intentional.

        • FlownΩver

          True. We’ve already seen the video of shooting a kid on a playground, and look where we are today.

  • SpaceCaptainWarlock

    I think my hair lit on fire when Sessions used the words “not scientifically based.”

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      I don’t think it would be possible to find a more regressive goober unless you went for Joe Ariapio or Sheriff Ben Clark. And they’re not lawyers

      • FlownΩver

        A law degree is no particular indicator of intelligence OR decency. Often mucho otherwise.

    • HazooToo

      I can’t concentrate on replying to you because your avatar. Is that an ‘after picture’ of the conflagration of rage?

  • Ducksworthy

    I’m not sure the growing police brutality thing is about racism per se as it is about a more generalized and growing fascism. And unlike the old German Aryan blood fascism, the new American Fascism can recruit enforcement thugs from among the various minorities.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      I’m not sure if police brutality is growing so much as we now have movie footage of it.

      • bobbert

        yes.

  • marxalot

    I thought “anecdotal” evidence was the only kind the turnipheads liked. Isn’t it more important how we feel? And if I feel that the best thing I can do for my safety is never, ever call the cops, isn’t that important?
    Ha ha j/k. People of [my] Type aren’t real, so how we feel doesn’t matter.

    • HazooToo

      Actually, that’s the kind that matters the least, especially when your anecdote involves police brutality, racism, pay inequality, or some other form of racial or misogynist misbehavior.

  • Marceline

    Look for Border Patrol and ICE to follow in the footsteps of cops and start hunting blacks and browns for sport.

  • TundraGrifter

    If you’re going to quote “Cool Hand Luke” the phrase is “What we have here is failure to communicate.” No “A.”

    • puredog

      geez, it’s “that guy”

      • TundraGrifter

        Where? WHERE?

      • TundraGrifter

        And it’s “Nordstrom” – NOT “Nordstrom’s,” dammit!

        • FlownΩver

          I had a classmate like this. We sewed him in a canvas bag with an anvil and threw him off the bridge. Just sayin’.

          • TundraGrifter

            Sometimes one must be prepared to pay the price for being correct.

  • Nick Scroggs

    I don’t know if police brutality’s growing er se. I can name several incidents where
    police were brutal to persons since the early 20th century or before,
    such as the Haymarket Riot, the 1934 Longshoreman strikes, Chicago 68,
    1960s Alabama, lynchings with police help, COINTELPRO (I once joked to
    an FBI recruiter about being part of it, she got mad), real estate
    covenants, a teaching assistant at my high school who was light-skinned Hispanic was pulled over by the cops once for driving without a reason, in Beverly Hills you’d see a lot of cops stopping black motorists, I can go on. Not sure what point I was trying to make,
    although I’d definitely not call it “fascism”, since they had end goals
    and thought of violence as “national cleansing” or something. The authoritarianism of present, seems more short-term
    reaction. Wait, am I making any sense? Point is, it’s out there.

    • marxalot

      Pretty sure the “authortarianism of present” is in fact linked to, descended from, and part of that whole catalog of oppression you just listed. The chain has never been broken. This isn’t new. What’s new is talking about it like it’s a bad thing.

      • Nick Scroggs

        Better than being quiet. I’d term it a umbrella thing I call “American authoritari-id-ism”. And I know it’s all part of a single chain.

  • witsended

    Mr. Sessions said that rising violence in some big cities was “driving a sense that we’re in danger” — even as crime rates nationwide remain near historic lows.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zopCDSK69gs

  • Alan
  • AnnieGetYerFun

    “Somehow, someway, we’ve undermined respect for police and made — often times — their job more difficult,” Sessions said.

    With all due respect, you racist, lisping little Keebler elf, I think cops managed this on their own, by having so much footage of them abusing and killing folks who were (1) black and (2) not resisting arrest.

  • Rickyphoo

    “How on earth will the Trumpers increase the militarization of police if we aren’t deathly afraid of crime, after all?”

    Starting watching for false flag incidents. I mean, it worked for Bush/Cheney when they wanted to invade Iraq.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Here’s an idea. . . let’s pay police a lot more so they can hire more intelligent, possibly slightly more educated people to enforce the laws, instead of hiring every dumb jackass who just got out of the Army 6 months ago and who has never read the state statutes. . . heck, they probably CAN’T read. The latter are the ones doing the policing in my neighborhood. And maybe better training would help?

    • FlownΩver

      How much intelligence does it take to say “Resistance is useless” and squeeze off a few rounds in random directions?

      Forget it, Angela… it’s Trumptown.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I forget nothing.

    • phoenix00

      Yeah, but that would mean acknowledging #blacklivesmatter, and you know Beauregard won’t stand for that.

  • “We’re going to make poor people and minorities safer and happier by making it easier for law enforcement to abuse and murder them.” George Orwell would be proud, Mr. Sessions. I mean, horrified. He would be horrified.

  • FlownΩver

    Jeffy, what we actually have is a failure to fornicate… so fuck you!

  • bobbert

    Cracker ass cracker says what?

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    not even half way throught he article and already thought, “muthafuckers” to myself several times.

    Fuckers.

  • i’mjustaskingthequestion

    Ahhh…Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (just like I don’t capitalize trump’s name, I shall now try to remember to call jeff sessions Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III because if anyone suited that southern fried, plantation owner handle, its gotta be jeff sessions…)…

    Where was I…Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is exactly the can of gasoline that was missing from the already raging inferno that is race relations in the US. What can go wrong!

  • “…Not so scientifically based.”

    Uh, since when has this dillhole been interested in science?

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    “fears of violent crime are “driving a sense that we’re in danger”
    And you fuckwads are determined to fan the flames. Not to make anybody safer – just for the votes of your cowering racist base.

  • Mike Steele

    Looks like Jeff has something to fear besides fear itself…hmmmm…

  • Usedtobeyellerdawg

    Maybe Jeff Sessions should start a probe on how Jeff Sessions lied about meeting the Russians during his confirmation hearing.

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