Trump Law Enforcement Commission Finishes Hearings

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The President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice has concluded its series of hearings, the Justice Department reports. This week, the panel heard testimony on “respect for law enforcement and the rule of law,” DOJ says. The hearings were conducted via teleconference, but the contents have not been made public. On Tuesday, the commission heard from former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Rafael Mangual of the Manhattan Institute, University of San Diego law Prof. Gail Heriot and George Washington University law Prof. Jonathan Turley discussing law enforcement issues that included race, technology and biometrics. Another panel included U.S. Attorneys William McSwain of Philadelphia, McGregor Scott of California and Nick Trutanich of Nevada, discussing working in areas with “progressive prosecutors.”

On Wednesday, the commission heard from Pinellas County, Fl., Sheriff Robert Gualtieri on the report on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The commission heard from a panel of prosecutors, including Kentucky Deputy Attorney General Barry Dunn, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Stafford County, Va.,  Commonwealth Attorney Eric Olsen, and Essex County,, Ma. District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. The hearing included a law enforcement panel featuring retired Prince George’s County Md. Police Chief Hank Stawinski, Santa Barbara County, Ca., Sheriff Bill Brown, Larry Cosme of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Detroit police Lt. Mark Young; and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. The hearing concluded by hearing from former Attorney General Edwin Meese about the crime commission appointed in the 1960s by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Trump administration panel is scheduled to issue a report this fall.

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