In a speech given to a police convention in Waukegan, Illinois, Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed the American Civil Liberties Union is a potential cause of violence.
After blaming the end of stop-and-frisk for a rise in Chicago’s murder rate after the ACLU issued a report about the practice, Sessions drew a correlation between the civil rights group and others for “shootings and death.”
“There’s a clear lesson here: if you want more shootings and more death, then listen to the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, or Antifa,” the attorney general said. “If you want public safety, then listen to the police professionals who have been studying this for 35 years.”
Sessions drew his conclusion from federal prosecutor Zachary Fardon, who claimed that if cops “go talk to those kids on the corner, you’re going to have to take 40 minutes to fill out a form, and you’re going to have to give them a receipt with your badge number on it.”
In an open letter to the city, Fardon insisted “the city was on fire” because “the rule of law [and] law enforcement had been delegitimized.”
“That is a devastating analysis,” Sessions told the audience at the Valor Survive and Thrive Conference.
You can watch the attorney general make the comments below:
WATCH: AG Sessions discussing Chicago gun violence: "There’s a clear lesson here: if you want more shootings, more death, listen to the ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, who are – who do not know the reality of policing." pic.twitter.com/dw8ByspPO2
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 19, 2018
Iran and US trade barbs after drone incident and ahead of new sanctions
The United States on Monday was due to tighten sanctions on Iran as the two countries traded barbs in a tense standoff sparked by Washington's withdrawal from a nuclear deal.
Both nations say they want to avoid going to war, but tensions have spiralled as a series of incidents, including attacks on tankers and the shooting down of a US drone by Iran in the Gulf, raised fears of an unintended slide towards conflict.
On Sunday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a US-made MQ9 Reaper "spy drone" -- also widely used for carrying out military strikes -- had encroached his country's airspace on May 26.
John Oliver warns Trump didn’t have an ‘Ebenezer Scrooge moment’ deciding to be ‘good’ — he’s still Trump
The best thing you can say about Donald Trump is that he "maybe hasn't eaten a dolphin before," John Oliver joked on his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight."
Oliver warned people that while Trump had a "change of heart" about Iran it was only about Iran. "He didn't have an Ebenezer Scrooge moment, threw open a window and yelled, 'I'm going to be good from now on!'" the host explained. "No, he just didn't bomb some people."
As Fox News explained, the drown that Iran shot down was not simply one from Amazon. Oliver said it wasn't like Trump said, "Alexa, send a drone to surveil Iran." According to Fox's genius analysis, those drones cost actual money.
Donald Trump’s biggest regret is choosing Jeff Sessions as his attorney general
In an interview that aired on Sunday, President Donald Trump told "Meet the Press" that his biggest regret is choosing Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general.
"If you could have one do-over as president, what would it be?" NBC host Chuck Todd asked Trump during their interview.
This article first appeared at Salon.com.After the president replied that his do over would involve "personnel," he elaborated that "I would say if I had one do over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general." When Todd asked Trump to clarify if he thought appointing Sessions was his "worst mistake," the president reiterated "yeah, that was the biggest mistake." He added that Sessions is "very talented" but was cut off by a new line of questioning from Todd before he could elaborate.