jeff sessions: “the office of sheriff is a critical part of the anglo-american heritage of law enforcement”
By Erin White
February 12, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t bother with dog whistles today while speaking at the National Sheriff’s Association winter conference in DC where he emphasized the importance of law enforcement remaining true to their white supremacist roots stating, “The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.”
The use of the phrase “Anglo-American” was not in the prepared remarks released by the Justice Department ahead of the speech. A divination from the released statement originally worded, “The Sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage”.
After the televised speech, Justice Department spokesman, Ian Prior, tried to gaslight indigenous Americans and the Black American decedents of slaves saying “As most law students learn in the first week of their first year, Anglo-American law — also known as the common law — is a shared legal heritage between England and America. The sheriff is unique to that shared legal heritage. Before reporters sloppily imply nefarious meaning behind the term, we would suggest that they read any number of the Supreme Court opinions that use the term. Or they could simply put ‘Anglo-American law’ into Google”
As if that connected heritage isn’t based on genocide, colonialism, and slavery. All of which continues to play a role in the oppression of those same communities today; especially as it pertains to law enforcement. Not so much as “nefarious” as it is “contextual”.
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