Top Massachusetts police officers accused Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of insulting base officers when she said the criminal justice system had been "racist … front to back" earlier this month.
Warren made the remarks on August 3 at Dillard University, a historically black college. She relied on disproportionate arrests of African Americans for drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; and state laws that prevent convicted offenders from voting after their sentences are complete.
Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson called Warren's comments "an insult to the hard-working men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that are part of the criminal justice system."
In a letter to Warren, Steven Wojnar, president of the Massachusetts police headquarters, said he was "extremely worried" by the Senator's remarks.
"Labeling the entire criminal justice profession as" racist "spreads false and harmful information about our members," Wojnar wrote. "If our elected representatives make generalized and rebellious statements about our entire profession, without any information to strengthen their position, this creates further hostility toward our officials and can damage the positive relationships we have with our residents, which we have long and hard to establish tried."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions summoned Warren during a speech in Georgia on Thursday and described it as "slander of any judicial officer and prosecutor in America, and frankly I think it is an insult to their families and the victims of the crime you helped to meet her attacker. "
Warren said in a statement by The Boston Globe over the weekend, "I've talked about a whole system – not about individuals – and will continue to work on reforms to make the criminal justice system fairer.
"The entire law enforcement system has many good people who get up every day trying to create a fairer, fairer and more responsive system, and they keep saying that the system needs to be reformed, it needs change." "
A spokeswoman for Warren's re-election campaign told the Globe that Warren spoke to Frederickson on Saturday. Warren's office did not respond immediately to requests from Fox News.
Warren is heavily favored to win a second Senate seat in deep blue Massachusetts in November. She is also considered a top contender for the nomination of the democratic presidency in 2020.
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Fox News & # 39; Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.