In the June 22 session with Justice Department interns, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that law enforcement needs to “confront violent crime in America,” asserting that murder rates using cities “have surged, particularly in poor neighborhoods.” | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Photos Sessions derides intern in recently released DOJ video
Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed a declare that there’s widespread concern with police among poor minority communities and taunted a female who said guns were more fatal than marijuana, calling her “Dr. Whatever Your Name Can be.”
The legal professional general’s comments came in a 25-minute session with Justice Department interns on June 22, according to ABC News, which first reported Sessions’ remarks and obtained internal DOJ video of the function through a Independence of Info Act request.
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In the video, a University of California, Berkeley, School of Law student started out his question by invoking Philando Castile and Michael Brown, two African-Americans who were killed by police officers in separate incidents that drew national attention, and other people who have “fallen victim to excessive force.”
Sessions said DOJ cares about “all communities” and “consumer safety.” “We value having neighborhoods – every community – where children can walk safely in their communities and feel that they can play outdoors, that their mothers and fathers don’t have to travel them to the bus prevent, just as I hear in NY is required because they’re scared they could possibly be attacked on the way to the bus prevent,” he said.
The student responded, noting that he “grew up in the projects to a single mother, and the people who we fear so much aren’t necessarily our neighbors but the police.”
“Well, which may be the look at in Berkeley,” Sessions shot back, “but it’s not the look at generally in most places found in the country.” He added that regulations enforcement needs to “confront violent crime in America in cities that have abandoned traditional police activity like Baltimore and Chicago,” asserting that murder prices there “have surged, particularly in poor neighborhoods.”
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Another student, a female attending Washington University School of Law on St. Louis, told the attorney general that “statistically, guns kill more people than marijuana will.” “You support pretty harsh guidelines for marijuana and fairly lax gun control regulations – I’m not even sure predicament on the assault weapons ban,” she continued. “So I’d like to understand, since guns kill more people than marijuana, why lax regulations on one and harsh regulations on the other?”
Sessions laughed and called her dilemma among “apples and oranges” before remarking: “The Second Amendment – you’re alert to that – guarantees the proper of the American people to keep hands, and I plan to defend that Second Amendment. It’s as valid just as the First Amendment.”
The legal professional general knocked the idea that marijuana is “harmless” and “does no harm.” “Marijuana isn’t a healthy substance, in my opinion,” he said. “American Medical Association is certainly superior on that. Do you believe that?”
The student hesitated. “Uhh, I don’t,” she said nervously.
“Fine. Dr. Whatever Your Name Is, you can create the AMA and see why they believe otherwise,” Sessions said.
When asked about the administration’s LGBT coverage, Sessions vowed to “protect the civil rights of everybody,” telling one college student, “You can be certain that people will protect transgender and most people and their civil rights.”
A DOJ spokeswoman told ABC News that the function was a platform where students could “have robust conversations – even debates – about the challenges facing our country with the legal professional general.”
DOJ is “proud to supply hundreds of law students and undergraduates the opportunity to work with a few of the finest lawyers found in the country,” she said.