Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has called upon United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch to disclose the extent to which Department of Justice (DOJ) policies have hindered the ability of state and local law enforcement to effectively protect their communities.
The Senator's office delivered a letter to Attorney General Lynch's office on Tuesday, requesting clarity.
In a period of increasing violence throughout the United States, Senator Cruz evinced concern that DOJ policies have hampered the ability of state and local law enforcement to combat an uptick in crime, citing alleged misconduct on the part of Department members who had previously investigated allegations of civil rights violations by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).
"I am very concerned that the Administration’s policies, as currently implemented by the Department, may be reducing the effectiveness of state and local law enforcement officials, chilling their ability to stop criminals in their communities, and fueling a nationwide crime increase," said Cruz.
Cruz continued, "At a time when the President’s anti-police rhetoric is emboldening criminals and fueling a nationwide surge in violent crime, the American public deserves to know if the Department is using the machinery of the United States government to suppress state and local law enforcement’s effectiveness."
You can read Senator Cruz's entire letter HERE.
Additionally, Senator Cruz has come under fire for defending law enforcement and condemning much of the anti-police rhetoric being promoted by the activist group Black Lives Matter.
"If you look at the Black Lives Matter movement, one of the most disturbing things is more than one of their protests have embraced rabid rhetoric, rabid anti-police language, literally suggesting and embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers," said Cruz.
While defenders of Black Lives Matter (BLM) have taken umbrage with his comments, Senator Cruz was correct. Instances where BLM protesters have chanted inflammatory, outrageous, and often dangerous rhetoric while condemning law enforcement practices have been numerous.
During a protest march in Minneapolis in August, BLM members were filmed chanting, "Pigs in a blanked, fry 'em like bacon." just one day after Texas deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed and executed while filling his patrol car up with gas.
Despite repeatedly stating that the Black Lives Matter movement does not condone or support the killing of police officers, defenders of the group need to acknowledge that the actions of some of their members have been irresponsible at best, and dangerous at worst.
These actions have undermined public safety and damaged the working relationship between members of the public and the law enforcement community tasked with protecting them.
Highlighting the dangerous rhetoric is not the problem, ignoring it is.