U.S. Attorney General: Yes, police misconduct is a material concern

It wasn’t exactly as though U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to be corralled and cajoled unmercifully to utter a comment that a large American demographic has been impatiently waiting to hear for months.

It certainly might have seemed like that, though, to a broad swath of the public, which myriad and broad-based sources indicate has strongly opposed many of the AG’s continued tough-on-crime pronouncements and related calls of seemingly unbridled support for police policies and actions across the country.

“Sessions often chastises others for badmouthing police,” duly notes the publication Politico in a recent story addressing the AG’s well-demonstrated and unabashedly pro-police stance in nearly all instances.

That known “I’ll side with the cops” take, repeatedly borne out by Sessions’ statements in memos and speeches, was summarily marked by an asterisk — a caveat, if you will — last week, when the AG made a concession termed “notable” by Politico at a conference venue he was addressing.

The AG’s thunderbolt utterance, in a nutshell: Not all cops are good.

Although people across California and everywhere else in the country obviously know that such is the case, confirmation of the fact from the country’s highest-ranked legal official is, well, indeed, news of the most notable sort.

Sessions told his audience — a group of law enforcement executives — that “bad” cops undermine community trust and must be weeded out of police departments.

That pronouncement might seem nothing more than a mere truism to legions of Americans and akin to a major yawn, but it is nonetheless an important assertion when made by the United States Attorney General.

Certainly, most police officers act with deportment and in good faith when they put on their uniforms and serve on behalf of the public.

But that is not always the case, and spotlighting the problem of rogue cops — especially when acknowledgment comes from the top of the criminal justice hierarchy — is unquestionably an important step that might lead to their progressive eradication from police departments across the country.

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