A federal prosecutor said that the Department of Justice’s efforts under Jeff Sessions to aggressively prosecute drug crimes will target people wearing “heavy gold and chains,” reported the Daily Caller.
The National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys — an association representing federal prosecutors — held a conference call with reporters expressing their support for Sessions’ objective of going after drug crime offenders.
Larry Leiser, the president of the group and a current prosecutor, said that this will help “young people who see people in the community wearing heavy gold and chains and hot cars as a result of their participating in the distribution of these drugs, as opposed to going out and earning an honest living.”
A reporter interjected and said that these remarks could be construed as racist and Leiser denied that is the case. “It’s intended to be just the reality that unfortunately there are many people in the minority communities that are caught up in this terrible blight of drugs,” he replied.
He said that mandatory minimums help “alleviate the pain and suffering that these drug traffickers perpetrate on their own.”
Leiser added that the drug “plague” affects all communities and pointed to the opioid and heroin epidemic hitting white communities.
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