AG Says If Communities Don't Support Police, They May End Up Unprotected

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said law enforcement officers are being treated like Vietnam-era soldiers.

Washington, DC – U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned citizens with anti-police sentiments that they may find themselves without law enforcement protection if they continue to denounce the nation’s men and women in blue.

Barr made his remarks during the Third Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing ceremony on Tuesday.

“Honoring and supporting the work of law enforcement officers and deputies is a top priority for the Trump Administration, and today is an opportunity for me to personally express my gratitude and commitment to those who risk their lives daily to protect our communities,” Barr said of the awards, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

“The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing honors exceptional police officers and the vital public service they provide,” he continued. “The brave men and women in law enforcement are engaged in an unrelenting and often unacknowledged fight to keep our communities safe each and every day. It is an honor to thank them for their service.”

Barr also discussed the lack of support that many officers face as they work to serve and protect citizens who openly detest them.

“I think today, American people have to focus on something else, which is the sacrifice and the service that is given by our law enforcement officers,” the attorney general said. “And they have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves.”

“If communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need,” he added.

Critics honed in on Barr’s use of the word “communities,” and declared that he was clearly referring to communities of color, the HuffPost reported.

“Barr’s words are as revealing as they are disturbing ― flagrantly dismissive of the rights of Americans of color, disrespectful to countless law enforcement officers who work hard to serve their communities, and full of a continuing disregard for the rule of law,” liberal super political action committee American Bridge spokesperson Jeb Fain railed to the HuffPost.

During a speech in August, Barr told the Fraternal Order of Police that he believed there should be “zero tolerance for resisting police,” the HuffPost reported.

He also denounced prosecutors who have been sacrificing public safety in favor of giving offenders breaks and lesser penalties.

“There is another development that is demoralizing to law enforcement and dangerous to public safety,” Barr declared in August, according to the HuffPost. “That is the emergence in some of our large cities of district attorneys that style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook and refusing to enforce the law.”

On Tuesday, Barr told the crowd at the awards ceremony that America’s law enforcement officers are being treated much in the same way that Vietnam-era soldiers were treated when they returned home, The Washington Post reported.

“In the Vietnam era, our country learned a lesson. I remember that our brave troops who served in that conflict weren’t treated very well in many cases when they came home, and sometimes they bore the brunt of people who were opposed to the war,” he explained. “The respect and gratitude owed to them was not given. And it took decades for the American people finally to realize that.”

In the same vein, law enforcement officers are “fighting an unrelenting, never-ending fight against criminal predators in our society,” and don’t deserve to have citizens protesting against them, Barr added.

A total of 414 law enforcement officers were nominated for the Attorney General’s Award this year, according to the DOJ’s press release.

Suffolk County Police Department Detective William Maldonado was recognized posthumously for his lead role in arresting “several dozen” MS-13 gang members who were ultimately charged with 17 murders.

Det. Maldonado’s effort eliminated the local MS-13 “clique,” and disrupted several other groups, according to the DOJ.

“Maldonado accomplished this while battling cancer, and rarely missed work,” according to the press release. “He succumbed to his illness in 2018, but not before arrests were made in the cases.”

Providence Police Department Detective Jeffrey Richards and Detective George Duarte were awarded for investigating and apprehending a vicious serial rapist who allegedly attacked multiple victims, including a 14-year-old girl.

Aventura Police Department Detective Kenneth Sealy and Detective Sandra Marquez were awarded for busting a multi-state credit card fraud and money laundering scheme that had resulted in victims losing nearly $4 million.

Prince William County Police Department Officer John Yenchak, Officer Rachel Mynier, Officer Nicholas Kelly, and Officer Evan Jurgensen were recognized for the courageous and heroic actions they took during an active shooter situation in November of 2018.

The officers identified one shooter positioned on a nearby roof, and likely saved other officers’ lives by effectively communicating the shooter’s location.

“Although officers feared a possible second shooter, they exposed themselves to harm once again to extract the shooter for medical treatment, and also pulled an occupant from the residence to safety,” the DOJ said.

During the Deadly Camp Fire in Butte County, California in 2018, Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Hassna “led more than 16 unmanned aerial vehicle teams, and conducted 517 flights in two days, taking more than 70,000 images” of the blaze, which allowed investigators to create a map of the area, according to the press release.

Evacuated residents were able to assess the damage without the risks associated with responding to the area.

“This was likely the largest response of small UAS’s to a disaster scene in U.S. history,” the DOJ said. “Deputy Hassna has also developed tactics and training for this technology that has redefined high-risk tactical operations and air support as we know it.”

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ross Jessop was awarded for having saved the life of an infant who was kidnapped in 2018.

The armed suspect claimed to have murdered and buried the child.

“During Deputy Jessop’s search in more than a million acres of forest, he heard a faint whimper, and found a baby boy lying face down,” the DOJ said. “To his surprise, the baby was alive and uninjured. There is no question Deputy Jessop’s instincts, perseverance, and dedication saved the child’s life.”

Cohasset Police Officer Alexander Stotik and Aaron Bates were recognized for kicking in a door to save the life of a woman during an “attempted murder in progress,” according to the press release.

They apprehended the suspect following a heated struggle.

“The officers exhibited extraordinary valor, bravery, courage, and professionalism in the face of extreme danger that would no doubt have resulted in the murder of the victim,” the DOJ said.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Phalon McFate was awarded for having developed an initiative targeting “crime hot spots” that dropped violent crime rates in the downtown area by 50 percent.

“Through positive police interactions, Officer McFate was able to create transparency and build trust in neighborhoods, where these previously did not exist,” the DOJ said.

Tulsa Police Officer Jesse Guardiola was recognized for developing a Hispanic outreach program that has since become a national model.

Providence Police Department Detective Anthony Roberson was awarded for using programs like the “Handshake Initiative” and “Shop with a Cop” to “build partnerships between law enforcement and local businesses to support underserved families,” the DOJ said.

Irving Police Department Officer Jonathan Plunkett was recognized for conceptualizing and establishing ShopTalk – a series of 16 barber shops where law enforcement officers and members of the African-American community can connect to discuss citizens’ concerns in a comfortable setting.

“Through ShopTalk, Officer Plunkett has created a way to build mutual trust and respect between law enforcement and community members who had not been reached with traditional police outreach efforts,” according to the press release.

Isleta Tribal Police Department Detective Kathleen Lucero was awarded for multiple community policing initiatives that have helped to “build connections between law enforcement and the community,” as well as for providing resources to impoverished youth, the DOJ said.

Conyers Police Department Officer Troy Quick, a school resource officer, was recognized for helping a number of youths to pull themselves away from “gang life,” according to the press release.

“Whether it is though the mentoring sessions he coordinates for students, donating items to families in need, or just taking an interest in student’s daily lives, Officer Quick is a true example of dedication and service,” the DOJ said.

Comments (66)
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JBoH
JBoH

"...dismissive of the rights of Americans of color..."

The same rights that everybody else has? Those rights? You have NO special rights. You have to obey the same laws the rest of the people do.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

this punk needs to be removed for his position ASAP! it is obvious that he has lost sight of what policing is supposed to be. with idiots like this in charge of making policy for the cops to follow, it is no wonder why cops are so..... abusive.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Thank goodness for President Trump.

Barr is precisely right. Of course the Liberal media cannot recognize clear cause and effect consequences, the large majority of them are journalists who were indoctrinated in Liberal Arts colleges.

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LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

AG Barr is right. Most LEO's love the idea of the role and responsibility of the job and most have great love for their community. But, it still just a job. There are better paying jobs, with far less headaches and far less risk all over this country. And, on the outside, you can tell the liberals to FO - while enjoying the years with your family. Don't risk your life being controlled by the demented liberals.

tfort
tfort

Sad day when the AG thinks law protection is a vending machine. Put your respect in the coin slot and out come police services. He certainly is in way over his head.

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

Communities meant black communities huh. What else should he have called them? Does being different mean they should get away with what others have to do? As for some of the others. I know they are not going to want to risk their lives for anyone if those same people your protecting would just as soon hurt or kill them because they felt oppressed somehow. People are viewed as inherently good until they prove they’re not. You reap what you sow.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Time to get that base fired up – could be rough times ahead, for various reasons.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Gee, I can see why the black community would be so upset with some of these police outreach programs! NOT!! First off, you’re a black American, not an African American. If you’ve been born in this country within the last 150 years, you are an American, plain and simple, nothing special about you except your skin color.

Secondly, I don’t care if the black community does take offense at AG Barr’s use of the word “communities”, until those communities clean up those poisoned sections within themselves, they’ll always bear those labels by ALL people and not just the police.

When the police are called in, it’s to help and the situation is rarely good. They are being shot at , stabbed, people throwing things at them, (like feces & urine), they’re being bitten, spit upon, ambushed, and in extreme cases, murdered.

If I was them I’d be apprehensive and pissed too! For me, I was lucky. When I came home from Vietnam, I was warmly greeted at the airport and one of the revelers was so overcome with joy at my arrival back home that he must have choked or something and a huge slime of spittle landed on me. In checking on him, another reveler who was waving a small American flag, must have tripped or something because the small wooden stake of the flag nearly broke off in my chest.

The crowd of revelers were starting to disperse some as the ambulances were called to assist both revelers who were suddenly overcome with medical emergencies.

I have enjoyed a long affiliation with law enforcement and am very glad that they are there to protect me from all the evil in the world.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

So...the overwhelming community of color in....Portland? Maybe that community?

Patriot63
Patriot63

Finial, It might get those who appreciate the secure feeling that if in need the Police will be there for them they might finally get after those who are the anti-Cop types.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The war on the police was started by the lying main stream media, the lying politicians and the lying domestic terrorist group, BLM! Unfortunately there are certain groups of people that bought in to the lies.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I guess a question I had last week has been answered. Now, they are "Americans of color", changed from "people of color", changed from "African Americans", changed from " blacks", changed from "Negros". I hope you all are keeping up. It won't be long before some democrat will try to pass a law to make sure you use the correct name or risk jail time.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@LEO0301 Lol!! They’ll have to go by their birth name which doesn’t identify any of that!!! They, (referring to black people), will tell you it really won’t matter because they all look alike to us. (White people, ghosts, whitey, honky, cracker)

Leoliker
Leoliker

Anyone who watches Live PD programming could tell you that the police and emergency teams respond as quickly and as intensely to save lives regardless of the victim's race or social standing. Those who comply with what is required of them without being a antagonistic are treated well. On a very few occasions, out of the hundreds shown, the police have overreacted somewhat. I can't imagine how they keep it to such few occasions considering the disgusting behaviors of the morons involved. First responders do an exemplary job under impossible circumstances and anyone who disses them is operating on misplaced emotion, not rational thought. The few who step on toes are far outweighed by the criminals who act in such a way as to deserve far worse.