Jeff Sessions on Shootings, Death, and Policing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently addressing members of law enforcement said plainly, “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.”

Reported cases of violent crime in the US is less than a quarter today of what is was at record highs in the 1990s, and reported cases of property crimes have shown a steady drop since it’s record high in 1991. Mass shootings are down by almost half their record high since last year. However, this figure is still pretty high, and an estimated 200 American are taken hostage oversees every year.

Matters of security cut across every area of infrastructure from border and migration policies to land, air, and water transportation, to energy, water, and waste surveillance including cyber threats and protection and emergency training and implementation. America’s need to build and renovate infrastructure is timely with evolving criminal behavior and emerging national security threats and new technological advances. Coordination is key to efficiency of resources, timing, and readiness. Challenges are made tougher by the progressive weakening of US allies in Europe. Countries like Japan are no longer relying on US protection alone and are militarizing.

Competition for resources globally have amplified the stakes and many countries are engaging in criminal activity such as trafficking, terrorism, and cyber invasions. Space is becoming crowded with increasing quests for surveillance. As resources diminish, security will rise as a global industry. Private security in the US is currently a $35 billion industry annually and rising; $180 billion worldwide.

The great irony in this problem is the legislative and judicial restrictions on intelligence gathering means and methods internationally as well as police action domestically. Jeff Sessions continues on in his address to these forces to complain about this very problem of hands being tied in efforts to pursue justice on a day to day level. While further development of training, better provisions in the field, and embedded security into all areas of infrastructure will certainly contribute to America’s safety, the biggest threats now lay in the prescribed rules the judicial system and security forces must operate within.

Some areas of law are still in fact underdeveloped leaving law enforcement and the judicial process without solutions, or legal remedies. This is certainly the case in the area of domestic violence, care of children, and migration issues dealing with minors where policy has not developed adequate measures. Many children wards of the state cannot get a driver’s license.

Some migrant children have been in detention centers now for the majority of their lives without access to education or family even if the child has pro bono legal representation simply because the courts do not have legal codes that can apply to these 21st century situations like children abandoned at borders. Archival spoke to one such lawyer who began representing a child client during the Obama administration whose family paid a complete stranger to take a four-year old illegally over the border for the sum of $2k, but when the party was caught, the child was abandoned and left to the detention system.

His family have refused to claim him from either country, so he is growing up in this system which does not have a solution for him. In 2014, the number of “unaccompanied” children reached almost 70,000 mostly from Central and south America. Humanitarian relief for unaccompanied children according to this lawyer is not at all adequate. In 2017, Congress appropriated $1.6 billion to help these children.

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