Sessions Gives Trump Credit for Violent Crime Drop

Print More

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is embracing new FBI data as evidence that the U.S. has turned the tide in its battle against violent crime, a shift he credits in large part to the policies of President Trump. The FBI numbers, covering the first six months of 2017, show overall reported violent crime declined by 0.8 percent, with rape and robbery each declining by more than 2 percent compared with 2016, reports Politico. However, murder increased by 1.5 percent. The FBI referred to the reduction in crime as “slight.”

Sessions said in an op-ed piece in USA Today that the report is evidence that Trump is delivering on the vow he made in his jarring inaugural speech last year to put an end to what he termed “American carnage.” While the statistics show the murder numbers still rising, particularly in big cities, the attorney general stressed that the increase in early 2017 was lower than in 2016, which saw a dramatic 8.6 increase. The attorney general attributed the declines, in part, to the administration’s decisions to bring more prosecutions for violent crime, to give prosecutors more discretion to file more serious charges and to encourage more “respect” for police.” Critics disputed that conclusion. “They’re correct that crime in 2017 is down…but there’s no evidence whatsoever that this is due to the administration’s policies,” said Inimai Chettiar of the Brennan Center for Justice. “Policies implemented only a few months ago can’t bring down crime. Crime is a very complex issue.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You have Free articles left this month.

Want access to all our reporting? Subscribe for unlimited access or login.