The Hill article The president’s Justice Department has issued a memo laying out a plan for “hard-line” policing in order to prevent “unintended consequences,” a memo obtained by The Hill indicates.
The memo, titled “Assessments of the impact of Soft-On-Crime Policies on the Public Safety System,” states that “a soft-on crime policy could have significant consequences for public safety, such as a rise in violence and crime.”
The memo adds that “soft-off crime policies have the potential to lead to significant unintended consequences, including the development of new criminal behaviors and behaviors that are not as socially desirable.”
In response to the memo, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said the Trump administration is “out of step with American law enforcement, the American people, and the American taxpayer.”
“This administration is not only out of step but out of touch with the American public,” Whitehouse said in a statement.
“They are in violation of the American Values of respect for the rule of law, due process, and transparency.
It’s a slippery slope that will create new terrorists, and it’s not good for America.” “
President Trump must stop this insanity before it’s too late.
It’s a slippery slope that will create new terrorists, and it’s not good for America.”
Trump’s Justice Departments memo came in response to a March 14 letter from Sens.
Ron Wyden, D. Ore., and Amy Klobuchar, D.-Minn., urging the Justice Department to examine the effectiveness of the nation’s police and prisons and the need for changes in the way law enforcement interacts with the public.
“The American people deserve better,” Wyden and Klobochar wrote in the letter.
“If the administration truly wants to help the people of this country, they should work to prevent this type of violence and injustice from taking place, and not just use this memo to justify their policies.”
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Wyden said Trump’s actions have “a chilling effect on our nation’s law enforcement,” saying the administration is trying to “send a message” that “there’s no limits to what they can do.”
“The idea of the President taking this action, or the president making these decisions, and then not taking them back or not saying he’s going to change them, it is chilling to me,” Widen said.
“It’s the antithesis of the rule we have today.
Whitehouse told CNN on Sunday that Trump has made his own changes to his Justice Department over the last year, and that the memo reflects those changes. “
I don’t think it’s appropriate to go after people who are trying to protect the public in the sense of protecting them from harm, from a murder or from an attack by a terrorist, but they have no obligation to do so,” Wendern said.
Whitehouse told CNN on Sunday that Trump has made his own changes to his Justice Department over the last year, and that the memo reflects those changes.
“He’s made a lot of changes, and he has not gone through a formal process,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Laura Lucas said on CNN’s State of the Union.
“We have said we’ll go through a process of making changes.
That’s what he has said and has done.”
Wyden has called on the Trump Justice Department not to “follow the law,” but has not made that request of the president.