Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., takes part in a Q & A with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., at the Dillard University in New Orleans earlier this month.
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Top police officers have accused officials in the Massachusetts democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to offend the rank-and-file, as you said, the criminal justice system was “racist … front-to-back” earlier this month.
Warren made the remarks Aug. 3 at the Dillard University, a historically black college. They cited the disproportionate incarceration of African-Americans for drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; the state and the laws barring convicted felons from voting after their sentences fully.
In response, Yarmouth police chief Frank Fredrickson Warren’s, called the comments “an insult to the hard-working men and women of the Yarmouth police, as well as other Local, State, and Federal law enforcement authorities, which is part of the criminal justice system”.
In a letter to Warren, the Massachusetts Chief of Police Association President Steven Wojnar said that he was concerned “extreme” about the senator’s comments.
“Identification of the entire criminal justice profession as a “racist”, spread false and damaging information about our members,” Wojnar wrote. “When our elected representatives make generalised and inflammatory statements about our profession as a whole, without any information of their position, it creates more animosity towards our police officers and can damage the positive relations with our residents, we have worked long and hard to establish.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Warren cried during a speech in Georgia on Thursday, calling her statement “a slander of every law officer and every Prosecutor in America. And, to be honest, I think it is an insult for you, your families and the victims of crime they have helped to bring against their attacker.”
In a statement, said by the Boston Globe this weekend, Warren: “I was talking about a whole system — and not individuals — and continue to work on reforms to the criminal justice system fairer.
“The entire law enforcement system has a lot of good people, who get up every day and try to make this more just, more fair, more responsive system. And they say, over and over, the system needs a reform. It needs to change.”
A spokeswoman for Warren’s Senate re-election campaign told the world, Warren spoke Fredrickson on Saturday. Warren’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Fox News.
Warren is heavily favored to win a second Senate term in deep-blue Massachusetts in November of this year. She is also a top contender for the democratic presidential nomination in the year 2020.
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Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.