Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed a number of activist groups on Wednesday for a rise in violent crime in Chicago, saying that “if you want more shootings, more death, then listen to the ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and groups who do not know the reality of policing.”
“If you want public safety, then listen to the police professionals who have been intensely studying this for decades,” the former Alabama senator said. Sessions spoke Wednesday during a gathering of state and local law enforcement officials in Illinois.
His statement about the activist groups echoed a dubious claim that Sessions has made in the past about a consent decree entered into by the ACLU and the Chicago Police Department, which went into effect in 2016, that required increased review of the department’s stop-and-frisk policy.
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/z7gfHRTuXe
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