A bit over a week ago, Elizabeth Warren decided to double down on her criticism of American law enforcement by declaring that our criminal justice system doesn’t just have a few scattered problems, but is actually racist from “front to back.” As you might imagine, that didn’t sit terribly well with a lot of people, and some of them were in her own state. In Yarmouth, Massachusetts, the local Police Chief decided he’d had enough of this abuse and fired back, pointing out that Warren had only recently tried to pay her respects to two of Yarmouth’s finest who lost their lives in the line of duty. (CBS Boston)
Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said statements made by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren calling the American criminal justice system racist are “disrespectful and divisive.”
Warren made the remarks while speaking at Dillard University in New Orleans last week.
“The hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist … I mean front to back,” Warren said.
On Friday, Yarmouth Police shared Frederickson’s response to the comments. Frederickson said the comments are “more bothersome” because Warren recently made efforts to pay respects to Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon and Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna after they were killed in the line of duty.
In a demonstration of what it really means to “go high” when they go low, the Chief released the following response:
Sen. Warren’s recent statement tarnished us all and dimished (sic) the sincerty (sic) of her condolence efforts. I now cannot trust her actions or words are real. I have a lot of repect (sic) for those who serve in elected positions even though we may disagree at times, however statements like this are disrespectful and divisive. In spite of what Sen. Warren said, the Yarmouth Police Department will continue to serve ALL people with dignity and fairness.
Yes, there are police departments around the country where individual police officers or units have brought discredit to their uniforms, but these still remain the thankfully rare exceptions to the rule. I will further agree that aspects of our court system have room for improvement in situations where sentencing winds up delivering justice with at least the appearance of racial bias. (The sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine versus powder, for example.) But overall we still have one of the fairest systems of justice in the world. It’s a model which puts the type of “justice” one can expect in many other countries to shame.
It’s not helping anyone when a sitting United States Senator begins feeding the fires of resentment in this fashion and disparages all of the men and women serving on the thin blue line. Perhaps Senator Warren should take a moment and visit the memorials to the hundreds of Massachusetts law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty. These include 76 from just the Boston PD.
Sadly, I suspect that even Warren herself doesn’t believe her own accusations. She grew up enjoying the safety and opportunities afforded to those born in America and took civil society for granted. But now that she wants to be president she needs to appeal to the angriest elements of her base and she’s started tossing out throwaway lines such as this because they elicit a roar from the crowd. It’s an ugly look at progressive politics and those words may come back to haunt her at the ballot box.