TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 13, 2018
While addressing the National Sheriffs’ Association in Washington yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions invoked the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” prompting concern from elected officials and the NAACP. ABC News reports that Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called the phrase a “dog whistle.” Following the backlash, a Department of Justice official clarified that Sessions was referring to “common law legal heritage.” In the prepared remarks distributed by the DOJ prior to the event, the line does not include the reference to Anglo-American heritage, only “our legal heritage.”