Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III should frighten you. And now that Sessions is the first line of defense against a president whose business conflicts and ties to Russia are under investigation, it's time to be clear about the man Republicans have chosen as the nation's chief law enforcement official. It's time to be clear about who Sessions will fight for, and whom he will fight against, in the years to come.
Sessions will be an attorney general for police unions and constitutional sheriff associations, and for those line officers who believe— against the great weight of evidence— that the profession of policing itself is under attack. When the time comes to commit to federal oversight over police departments that have long exhibited patterns and practices of misconduct or discrimination, Sessions will likely avoid offending law enforcement communities with what he calls "overreach." Vital reforms that would save lives (of both police and civilians) simply won't happen.
What Sessions won't be during his tenure at the Justice Department is an attorney general for those who need his help and support the most. Sessions will not prioritize citizens who have had their lives ruined by racial disparities in policing, or by the persistent use of excessive force by officers who are shielded from accountability. He won't be an attorney general who will side with those consigned by petty judges to cycles of poverty and crime, or those circulating in and out of a new generation of debtors' prisons
On this, both Sessions and his new boss, President Trump, have been clear...