Law enforcement endorsements pile up for Sessions

Law enforcement endorsements pile up for Sessions

In the 10 days since Trump announced Sessions for the top legal post, at least nine law enforcement groups have come out in support of the senator.

The list includes two of the major police unions in the country, the Fraternal Order of Police — the biggest police union in the country — and the AFL-CIO’s International Union of Police Associations.

Other groups supporting Sessions are the Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, National Sheriffs’ Association, National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Major County Sheriffs’ Association, National District Attorneys Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. 

“We are very, very pleased with the decision of President-elect Trump to tap Senator Sessions to be our nation’s next ‘top cop,’” said Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police.

“As a long-time prosecutor, he is and always will be a member of the law enforcement family and we look forward to his leadership at the U.S. Department of Justice.”

Canterbury’s union endorsed Trump in the general election after feeling snubbed by Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone fundraising off promise not to testify against Trump Rivaling chants of 'USA,' 'lock him up' greet Flynn after sentencing hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report — Flynn awaits sentencing | White House signals it wants to avoid shutdown MORE. The Hill revealed in August that Clinton sent a signal through her staff that she wouldn’t be seeking the union’s endorsement.

Sessions’s pick, while hailed by law enforcement groups, has been denounced by civil rights and minorities groups. CNN reported that opposition to Sessions has come from Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, among others. 

Progressives opposing the Sessions pick are pointing to the fact that he was denied a federal court appointment in the 1980s after being accused of making racist remarks. Sessions denies the allegations.