The Trump administration delivered a slap in the face to one of America’s most influential police departments this week.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice are facing heat from the law enforcement community after they published a report saying the New York City Police Department is “soft on crime.”
“To say we’re soft on crime is absolutely ludicrous,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil said in the media, in response to the Department of Justice Report.
The DOJ accused New York of being “soft on crime” in a release that announced the department’s letters to so-called “sanctuary cities” demanding that they help federal officials enforce U.S. immigration law.
“New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s ‘soft on crime’ stance,” the DOJ said in its release.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D) blasted the department for the statement, calling it “unacceptable,” “outrageous” and “absurd” while calling for Trump administration officials to renounce it.
“We did not become the safest big city in America by being ‘soft on crime,'” De Blasio said.
New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill also ripped the DOJ statement, saying his “blood began to boil.”
Since that controversy happened, Sessions has been forced to apologize to the New York Police Department and take back what he said.
Read more, from the Hill:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday praised New York City’s policies that had reduced crime amid backlash over the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) claim that the city had gone “soft on crime” while cracking down on illegal immigration.
“I would say this about New York – New York has done some great things in criminal justice. They are following policies that have proven to reduce crime in America,” Sessions said during a press conference touring the border in San Diego.
“We’ve had a disagreement with the mayor over sanctuary city policies, I strongly disagree with his ideas on that. But for many years now, the broken windows philosophy, community based policing philosophy, the way they process criminal cases in New York have created a murder rate far below that of cities like Chicago and Baltimore,” he added.
Another Trump staffer putting his foot in his mouth – nothing new here!