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Sessions Speaks In Atlanta To Black Law Enforcement Group

02 August 2017

Tarrant described Sessions as authentic, talkative, and thoughtful during the exchange, saying that he former senator spoke at length about his background as a lawyer and prosecutor, seeming to want to make the connection with the NOBLE leadership board.

During Tuesday's meeting, Tarrant said he told Sessions about the "the potential harm of off-the-cuff comments like those made by the president have in detracting from the legitimacy" of police and "detracting from the trust that local law enforcement and communities have". "We fully expect law enforcement around the country to behave as professionals". According to a source inside the room, Sessions noted that Trump was not a member of the profession and said he made the comments in jest, as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has also contended this week. "We are in this together".

Tarrant added, "Whether intentional or unintentional, it's heard around the country by the folks we're trying to build relationships with, and I believe it had an impact".

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Columbus on Wednesday to speak about opioid addiction.

Sessions has questioned the federal civil rights investigations that marked the Obama administration's efforts to overhaul troubled police departments, often after high-profile deadly police encounters with black men inflamed tensions and reignited debates over police-community relations.

"When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon - you just see them thrown in, rough", Trump said.

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Sessions' remarks come as President Donald Trump faces continued criticism for encouraging officers to treat suspected criminals more roughly, NBC News reported. "In the very neighborhoods that need proactive, community-based policing the most, we don't need to be telling police not to do their job in those communities".

He spoke dismissively of the practice of shielding the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are placed in patrol cars. "I said please don't be too nice", Trump told a crowd assembled at a community college. "I share his agenda", he said.

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Sessions Speaks In Atlanta To Black Law Enforcement Group