President Trump Remarks to National Law Enforcement – Safe Neighborhoods National Conference…

President Trump delivers remarks to a national audience of law enforcement during the 2018 Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Interesting nuance within the off-script moments.

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[Transcript] The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center – Kansas City, Missouri – 12:17 P.M. CST – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. I appreciate it very much.

I want to also thank Matt for the introduction. He’s doing an excellent job — really, a leader. Strong leader.

I was also thrilled to announce earlier today that I am nominating, as Matt said, William Barr to take the helm as our new Attorney General. He’s an outstanding man.

Bill previously led the Justice Department with distinction as Attorney General under George H.W. Bush, following his unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. During his tenure, he demonstrated an unwavering adherence to the rule of law, which the people in this room like to hear. There is no one more capable or more qualified for this role. He deserves overwhelming bipartisan support. I suspect he’ll probably get it.

I’m honored to be in Kansas City with the incredible men and women of law enforcement — I’ve been here a lot over the last couple of months — the U.S. attorneys, state and local prosecutors, police officers, sheriffs, deputies, and federal agents who keep our country safe. You keep America safe.

And you maybe don’t hear it enough, or sometimes don’t feel it enough: You do an incredible job. The people in this country know it and they love you. Just remember that. (Applause.) So true.

On behalf of a grateful nation, I just want to say that we thank you, we salute you, and we stand with you 100 percent. All of us. Me and all of us.

We’re here today to restore one of the most effective crime prevention strategies in America: Project Safe Neighborhoods. This initiative brings law enforcement, community groups, and local leaders together to get the most violent criminals in the most dangerous areas off the streets and behind bars. After many years of neglect, we are bringing back this lifesaving program stronger than ever before.

Today is the first nationwide meeting of Project Safe Neighborhoods in eight years. And here with us is the man who started this visionary project all the way back in 2001, former Attorney General John Ashcroft. (Applause.) Where is John? Where is John?

I’ve been here a lot lately, John. Huh?

MR. ASHCROFT: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: I’ve been here a lot. That’s good. Thank you. Thank you for a great job.

I also want to thank two members of my administration who are doing tremendous work: the head of ATF Thomas Brandon and the Acting DEA Administrator Uttam Dhillon. (Applause.) Please. Thank you, fellas.

We are also joined by a great representative of the state, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler — helps me a lot. Thank you, Vicky. Thank you, Vicky. (Applause.)

And we are especially excited to have with us the man who is your state’s current attorney general and newly-elected United States senator — that’s why I’ve been here so much lately — Josh Hawley. Josh. Thank you, Josh. (Applause.)

And I will tell you, Josh really stepped up to the plate. You know, in life, you never know. You pick somebody — looks good, sounds good, think he’s smart — and then they choke. (Laughter.) They choke like dogs. (Laughter.) And you say, “What did I do? I picked the wrong person.”

Well, we saw a lot about Josh and we thought he’d be great. And I’ll tell you, he had a tough race against a very tough competitor. You know that. And he was absolutely fantastic. So I just want to congratulate you.

And, you know, I keep listening to the fake news that, “They won the House — House, House, House.” Nobody ever talks about the Senate. We won the Senate easily. In fact, we picked up two. And that hasn’t been done in a long time. For a person is President, you just — for whatever reason that doesn’t happen very often.

And we have the Senate, now, 53 to 47. And we’re very proud of that. But you never hear that. You only hear, “The House, House, House…” And the nice part about having the Senate is, when you have the Senate, your judges — you know, we’ve appointed many, many judges. We’re just about at a record clip — ever.

And by the time I finish, we should have the all-time record, except, of course — from the percentage basis, you know who the best of all was, right? George Washington. 100 percent. (Laughter.) He picked 100 percent of the judges. That’s the only one that I won’t be beating. (Laughter.) I can never beat George. He’s tough. (Laughter.) 100 percent. I asked that question. I say, “Who had the greatest percentage of judge picks?” And so far, I haven’t had too many people guess it. But as soon as soon as I say it, they say, “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that.”

Finally we are grateful to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Timothy Garrison. Where is Timothy? (Applause.) Timothy. Thank you, Timothy. Great job, Tim. Along with a very well-known person, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, for hosting today’s event. Thank you very much, fellas. Thank you, Rick. Thank you. (Applause.)

Everyone here today is committed to the same vital goal: liberating our communities from crime and securing the right of all citizens to live in safety and to live in peace.

In the two years before I took office, the violent crime rate increased by 7 percent and murders were up by over 20 percent. But we’re turning it around very quickly, much quicker than anyone thought possible.

At the core of our strategy is restoring respect for law enforcement. And there is nobody that deserves respect more than you people, that I can tell you. For too long, many politicians and radical activists have been smearing and slandering our police, making life easier for criminals and harder for law-abiding Americans. We will not tolerate attacks on the heroes who protect our streets and defend our communities. We will not allow it to happen. (Applause.)

My administration has also made officer safety a top priority. We will protect those who protect us. And we will believe the right punishment — and we all do — for cop-killers is called the death penalty. (Applause.)

And you know, in some circles, that’s very controversial to say that. You have all of the television cameras rolling back there. For me, it’s not even a little bit controversial. You kill a cop and it’s called the death penalty, okay?

At the same time, we are ensuring you have the resources you need to do your jobs properly. We have added nearly 200 new violent crime prosecutors across the country.

We have made more than 600 million dollars’ worth of surplus military equipment available to law enforcement that, as you know, the previous administration would not allow you to have. It was sitting in storage houses and warehouses all over the country getting old and gaining dust — beautiful stuff. And they didn’t like it because it made you look too strong. And I liked it because it made you safe. And now it’s been distributed all over the country to the police and you’re using it very well and very judiciously and we appreciate it.

We increased funding for Project Safe Neighborhoods to $50 million dollars this year and we’re asking Congress to add an additional increase for next year. That will happen.

We secured $6 billion in new funding to combat opioids — the most in history. And speaking of that, Kellyanne Conway is here. A very special person. Where is Kellyanne? Is she around here someplace? Stand up, Kellyanne. (Applause.) She’s worked so hard with Melania, the First Lady, and they’re working very hard. And thank you, Kellyanne. Great job.

We’ve increased the average sentence for drug trafficking to its highest level since 2013.

I signed landmark anti-drug legislation that included the STOP Act to help prevent fentanyl from entering our country through the mail service.

And at my recent meeting that you all read about three days ago with President Xi of China — this took place in Argentina at the G20 — President Xi agreed to criminalize and make all fentanyl in China controlled, meaning it’s a controlled substance. Such a big event. (Applause.)

And it was really considered an industrial agent; it was not criminal at all. He’s agreed to make it a controlled substance and the highest criminality. And that would bring into play, again, the words “death penalty.” Death penalty. From no penalty to death penalty. And that’s the way our meeting went.

And I appreciate President Xi doing that very much because we lose about 80,000 people a year to fentanyl. So now they can send it but, if they get caught, they’re going to get the death penalty. I have a feeling you’re going to see it go down very rapidly. Very, very rapidly. It’s a terrible thing

This year, thanks to the efforts of everyone in this room, I am proud to report a new all-time record for the prosecution of violent crime. You also prosecuted 15,300 defendants for federal gun crimes, almost 20 percent more than the previous record.

In partnership with the federal government, local law enforcement is also making tremendous, historic strides. Here today is Wilmington Police Chief Bob Tracy. Where’s Bob? Hi, Bob. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, Bob.

When a vicious gang member shot and killed two people in Wilmington last February, investigators used the ATF’s ballistic database to match the shell casings to another shooting and bring the killer to justice. Amazing job. Thank you. Thank you, Bob.

Over the past year, shootings in Wilmington are down nearly 60 percent and firearm murders are down over 35 percent. Thank you, Chief Tracy, for your unbelievable work. We’re reading about it, we’re seeing it, and it really is exceptional. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

An important milestone in our campaign to make America safe again is the reduction in the murder rate. Murders in America’s largest cities are projected to drop by more than 8 percent compared to 2016 — a remarkable turnaround in just two short years. And you are the ones who have really made it possible. We’ve given you certain advantages that you didn’t have before this administration, but you have made it possible.

With us today is U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez. Maria? Where is Maria? Thank you, Maria. (Applause.) Great. Maria assembled a team from the IRS, the FBI, and Tampa Police to take down a violent street gang in Tampa, Florida. Thanks to this collaborative effort, 11 gang members are now facing hard time in prison. Maria, great job. We’ve all been reading about it. Very, very exceptional. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

James Clark with the Better Family Life initiative is here as well. James? Thank you very much, James. (Applause.) James works with schools, churches, family members, and friends to deescalate conflicts and stop violence before it happens. A very dangerous thing he does, but he’s not afraid. You’re not afraid, are you, James? It’s just a day in the office, right? Stand up again, James. That’s pretty — that’s not easy. (Applause.) That’s not easy.

And James and his team have successfully ended more than 50 ongoing, escalating gun battles between rival gangs right here in the St. Louis. James, great job. It’s really incredible, what you do, and everybody in this room appreciates it. Thank you very much. And all over the country, they appreciate it, James.

As part of our comprehensive crime reduction strategy, we are reforming the prison system to help more former inmates get on the right track. We all benefit when those who have served their time can find a job, support their families, and stay the hell out of jail. Right? That’s what we want. Stay out of jail. That’s why I have called on Congress to pass the First Step Act, so that more inmates gain the skills they need to become productive, law-abiding citizens.

And we’ve helped them a lot by creating one of the greatest economies — maybe the best economy this country has ever had. Our jobless rate is now down to 3.7 percent. And, by the way, in Missouri, I was just told by Josh, it’s at 3.2 percent, which is the lowest in the history of the state.

So now, when people get out of prison, rather than not being able to find a job, some employers, frankly, are forced to hire people that maybe they wouldn’t normally do. And the reports coming back are incredible. I have one particular person that says it’s hired seven people, and he just is thrilled. He can’t even believe it. We’re giving them a chance. And the economy is maybe — it’s a beneficiary, but it’s also one of the reasons that it’s working so well.

So we’re very proud. It’s — a lot of good reasons to have an economy that’s so good, but that’s maybe toward the top of the list, as far as I’m concerned.

We know it’s possible for former prisoners to turn their lives around because their Safe Neighborhood partners really make it happen every single day. Deborah Daniels is the co-founder of Offender Alumni Association in the great state of Georgia. Hi, Deborah. (Applause.) Through peer-to-peer networking, coaching, and support, Deborah and her team have helped more than 650 former offenders start new lives as law-abiding members of society. It’s an incredible story. I’ve read the story. I’ve seen it. Many of you have seen it. Thank you, Deborah, for giving these Americans a true second chance — and, in some cases, you could say a third chance — at a good life. Thank you, Deborah, very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

The amazing results of Project Safe Neighborhoods prove just how critical it is to foster cooperation among law enforcement at every single level of government.

Nowhere is this cooperation more important than when it comes to enforcing our nation’s immigration laws. You’ve been reading a lot about immigration, haven’t you, folks? But we’re getting it. We’re really getting it. We’re being strong on the border. We could use a little help, but we’re being strong on the border. A lot of brave people are working with us on the border.

Every day, our brave ICE officers are working with the state and local partners to get some of the world’s most violent criminals off our streets, and we get them the hell out of our country. We get them out.

Since I took office, ICE agents have arrested over 235,000 aliens with criminal records. Think of that: Two hundred and thirty-five thousand. And then you have a lot on the Democrat side — they’re saying, “We don’t want to respect ICE. We want to get rid of ICE.” We’re not getting rid of ICE. They’re going to be with us. They’re heroes. They’re heroes. (Applause.)

Think of that, though: Two hundred and thirty-five thousand. And that includes those charged and convicted of more than 100,000 assaults and over 4,000 murders.

Last year alone, ICE and Border Patrol seized more than 2.8 million pounds of illicit narcotics, and we have quadrupled the seizures of fentanyl. And now, with our new deal with President Xi of China, maybe we won’t even have to worry about that so much. I think you’re going to see that coming down at numbers that are pretty unbelievable.

Removing these deadly poisons and vicious predators from our neighborhoods depends upon partnerships with local communities and their elected leaders and officials.

Unfortunately, there are extreme politicians in cities and states around America — I’m sure you haven’t heard about this — who have issued policies to forbid their police departments from working with federal immigration authorities. Hard to believe, isn’t it? These outrageous sanctuary cities are grave threats to public safety and national security. Each year, sanctuary cities release thousands of known criminal aliens from their custody and right back into the community. So they put them in, and they have them, and they let them go, and it drives you people a little bit crazy, doesn’t it, huh? But it’s changing. It’s all changing.

You look at what’s going on in California; many people are demanding that they not be part of a sanctuary city. They don’t want sanctuary cities. It’s happening by its own.

American politicians should protect American citizens, not criminal aliens. Not one more American life should be stolen because of radical politicians pursuing their open borders agenda.

Nearly 100 percent of the heroin in our country comes across the southern border, killing 300 Americans, at least, a week. A week. According to the Council of Economic Advisers, this illegal heroin cost our country $238 billion dollars in 2016 alone. Think of that.

And we’re talking about a wall for $20 billion, $15 billion. I could even do it cheaper if I have to, and it’ll be better than anybody has ever seen a wall. (Laughter.) Think of that. You’re talking about hundreds of billions of dollars and you’re talking about a fraction. You would make it up in a month — a month — by having a proper wall.

You see what’s happening. You see where they’re surging and our great people are able to easily handle it. Without the wall, it gets tougher. But you know what? They still handle it.

Illegal immigration is a threat to the well-being of every American community, threatening innocent families, overwhelming public resources, and draining the federal treasury.

Congress must fully fund border security in the year-ending funding bill. We have to — we have to get this done. They’re playing games. They’re playing political games. I actually think the politics of what they’re doing is very bad for them, but we’re going to very soon find out. Maybe I’m not right, but usually I’m right. Like I said, “I’m going to win for President.” (Laughter.) And some people said, “That won’t happen.” And guess what? Look who’s up here now, folks. (Laughter and applause.)

But this includes fully funding our great ICE officers, ICE attorneys, border agents, detention beds, equipment, technology, and lifesaving border wall, which we need more than ever. We need it more than ever.

When you see these caravans of thousands and thousands of people — they like to minimize it on the fake news, but, you know, you have tremendous amounts of people coming up and it’s incredible.

And oftentimes, they’ll keep the cameras low. I know every trick. They’ve taught me. I know every trick. (Laughter.) They’ll put women and children in the front row and they’ll have those cameras nice and low. So number one, it doesn’t look like a big crowd. Number two, all you see is women and children. And they say, “You’re such bad people.” I’m “such a bad person.” But behind that front couple of rows, you got some tough, tough people.

You saw the mayor or Tijuana. He said, “These are tough people. You talk to them and we end up in fights. These are tough people.” We don’t want them coming into our country. We want great people coming in. Some of them would be great people. We need people because we have too many companies coming into our country. Car companies are pouring in. They’re all coming in.

A big announcement by Fiat Chrysler the other day: They’re going to move into Michigan with a massive new plant. A lot of things are happening. We need people at 3.7 percent unemployment, but they have to be brought in the legal way. And they have to be — we talk merit. We want to bring them in through merit. We want people that can love our country and people that can help our country. It’s all very simple. To me, it’s very simple.

Every American citizen is entitled to a safe community and a secure border. Here in the audience today are three trailblazing leaders — they truly are — who are working to dismantle MS-13 over the past two years. They’ve helped so much. They’ve done such an incredible job. Twenty-nine MS-13 members have been charged and convicted just recently, despite being targeted for retaliation.

These three patriots are U.S. Attorney Zach Terwilliger — where is Zach? Hello, Zach. (Applause.) Heard great things about you. Herndon Police Sergeant Claudio Saa. (Applause.) Thank you, Claudio. Thank you very much. And Fairfax County Police Detective Ray Betts. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. All three, thank you very much.

As President, nothing is more important than protecting the security of our nation and its citizens. So to every federal law enforcement officer who is on the frontlines of that mission; to the U.S. Marshals; ATF agents; immigration officers; FBI; DEA; and all state and local authorities who proudly wear this incredible uniform — it’s really the uniform of our country — I say, “Keep up the great work.” You know that my administration will always have your back. We will never ever let you down.

In the most hazardous moments, in the high-speed chases and the high-stakes courtrooms, in darkened alleys and late-night stakeouts, you are always there and always keeping watch over us. Our people love you. They love you. You don’t hear it, but they love you. (Applause.)

You never let us down and we will never let you down. You bring criminals to justice and peace to our streets. You are the reason Americans sleep soundly in their beds at night. And you are the ones making America stronger and prouder and safer and greater than ever before. We are making America greater than ever before. We are respected again as a nation. We love our law enforcement.

I just want to thank you all for being here. It’s my great honor to be before you. And God bless the United States of America. God bless you all. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

END – 12:43 P.M. CST

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27 Responses to President Trump Remarks to National Law Enforcement – Safe Neighborhoods National Conference…

  1. nimrodman says:

    “We’ve increased the average sentence for drug trafficking to its highest level since 2013.”

    That’s great. But we also need some attention on the back end of that prison “pipeline”.

    What with the push for early release and all, I hope there’ll be adequate screening by parole Boards on who warrants release and who doesn’t.

    This guy turned out not to be a good candidate.

    Maybe it couldn’t have been assessed ahead of time, but it took less than an hour after release for us to find out a mistake had been made.

    Drug Dealer Released from Prison Carjacks Woman in Jail Parking Lot, Ends Up Right Back Where He Started
    https://www.breitbart.com/crime/2018/12/05/drug-dealer-released-prison-carjacks-woman-jail-parking-lot-ends-up-right-back-where-he-started/

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    • Fannie says:

      Love our K-9 units!

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    • TMonroe says:

      Would be nice, but isn’t the priority apparently.

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    • Bob says:

      This behavior brings to light just how far gone our Country is,
      when the cops are the crooks and the public has no recourse,
      and the whole system is corrupt including the courts .

      Charges against Boston officer disappear after private court hearing
      Todd WallackDecember 08, 2018

      Boston Police Department
      Boston police say Sergeant Detective William J. Woodley (left), who resigned last year, fraudulently collected nearly $13,000 in overtime pay between June and October 2016. The department also says Lieutenant Robert A. Dwan (right) fraudulently collected nearly $6,800 in overtime pay between March and August 2015.
      Boston police say Sergeant Detective William J. Woodley (left), who resigned last year, fraudulently collected nearly $13,000 in overtime pay between June and October 2016. The department also says Lieutenant Robert A. Dwan (right) fraudulently collected nearly $6,800 in overtime pay between March and August 2015.
      A long list of state troopers have been publicly arraigned over the past year on charges they stole thousands of dollars in overtime. Under the glare of media attention, the officers face potential prison sentences and the loss of their pensions, and they have become powerful symbols of public corruption.

      But a Boston police officer facing similar felony accusations three years ago saw his charges quietly erased in a secret clerk magistrate hearing in Boston Municipal Court, the Globe has learned. And a second Boston police officer saw his overtime theft charge nearly disappear in another confidential court hearing in Roxbury Municipal Court this year. Because of the confidential nature of the process, there is no way to know how many other officers avoided charges at similar private hearings across the state.

      SPOTLIGHT TEAM: Inside Massachusetts’ secret courts

      “This is a kind of poster child for what is wrong with having secret courts,” said Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts. “The public needs this information to decide what kind of malfeasance is happening and whether this is systemic.”

      The Globe’s Spotlight Team learned about the cases while investigating the unusually secretive process that Massachusetts uses to consider requests — mostly from police — for criminal charges issued in district and municipal courts. The process is not replicated in any other state.

      The hearings, overseen by clerk magistrates and assistant clerks, are usually not recorded, and are closed to the public and missing from public court calendars. Court officials frequently won’t even confirm or deny a specific case exists.

      The Spotlight Team report, “Inside our secret courts,” published in late September, found the clerks dismissed nearly 62,000 cases in the hearings over the past two years, including more than 18,000, or 29 percent, where clerks acknowledged there was enough evidence to justify issuing charges. The report also found the way clerks ruled varied widely from one courthouse to the next and raised questions of whether the powerful and connected received special treatment.

      A Hingham clerk, for instance, told a former police chief in a private hearing that he would dismiss a shoplifting case against him and his wife largely because of the efforts of his lawyer, a former state representative. And an East Boston clerk refused to issue charges against a judge caught on video taking a $4,000 Cartier watch at Logan International Airport.

      Court officials have adopted guidelines saying the hearings are presumed to be private to protect the privacy of suspects who might be facing spurious accusations. But even they suggest making hearings open in high-profile cases, where the “public may question whether justice has been done behind the closed doors of the hearing room.”

      In the wake of the Globe reports, Governor Charlie Baker and some lawmakers have called for more transparency about the process. Court administrators convened a panel to study possible reforms. And some advocates have called for opening up the process to the public to dispel suspicions about how the cases are handled, particularly when they involve public officials or serious charges.

      In one of the cases involving the Boston police officers, the department alleged that Lieutenant Robert A. Dwan, a 26-year department veteran, fraudulently collected nearly $6,800 for hours he never worked between March and August of 2015. Dwan’s total pay topped $260,000 that year.

      The media publicly reported at the time that Dwan faced an internal affairs investigation involving his attendance and hours, but the details were vague. The Globe recently learned he also faced criminal charges and it reviewed the case files, which are not normally available.

      FROM THE ARCHIVES: Calls from Beacon Hill for transparency in closed-door hearings

      The records show that a Boston municipal clerk approved six felony charges of larceny against Dwan on Nov. 4, 2015, based on a written application from Boston police.

      But before Dwan, 54, could be publicly arraigned before a judge, Boston police requested the clerk’s office hold a hearing to review the charges, where police requested they be withdrawn behind closed doors, according to the clerk magistrate’s handwritten notes at the time. Boston police Sergeant Detective John Boyle said this week that the department agreed to drop the cases in exchange for a promise from Dwan to retire and pay restitution.

      The clerk’s notes said the Suffolk district attorney’s office also requested the private hearing, but a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, Jake Wark, said the records were “categorically inaccurate” and the DA’s office had no involvement in the decision to hold the hearing or drop the charges.

      Ultimately the decision to withdraw the charges enabled Dwan to quietly avoid a potential jail sentence and keep his pension of more than $79,000 a year. Under state law, public employees can lose their pensions if they are convicted of crimes related to their jobs.

      The clerk’s office also restricted access to the cases, so they wouldn’t show up in the public index.

      “It was withdrawn, so technically it is not public and it does not exist,” said Boston Municipal Court clerk magistrate Daniel Hogan.

      Still, Hogan said he decided to let the Globe see the files to show his office handled the case appropriately. “The court did exactly what the court is supposed to do,” Hogan said. “I have nothing to hide.”

      A retired Springfield district court judge, William Boyle, questioned the way the clerk’s office handled the case, however, saying he doubted clerks had the authority to set aside criminal charges once they have been approved. Normally, those decisions are made by a judge.

      “Once a complaint issues, that means the clerk cannot dismiss it,” Boyle said. “You don’t get a do-over.”

      A court spokeswoman declined to comment, and Dwan’s attorney could not be reached.

      A second criminal case also nearly died at another private court hearing this year — until a prosecutor stepped in.

      Boston police accused Sergeant Detective William J. Woodley, who resigned last year, of fraudulently collecting nearly $13,000 in overtime he never worked between June and October 2016. That’s more than several of the state troopers allegedly stole.

      Investigators said in court records they used GPS and visual tracking to confirm that Woodley did not actually work all the hours he claimed. That included 19 overtime slips for days Woodley never worked at all and 13 others where he allegedly inflated his hours. Woodley, 57, earned a total of more than $219,000 in 2016.

      And it wasn’t Woodley’s first offense. An internal affairs report also accused Woodleyand other officers of falsely reporting their hours in 2012.

      Despite the evidence, an assistant clerk ruled in a closed-door, unrecorded hearing that there wasn’t probable cause to think Woodley committed a crime. The stated reason: Woodley offered to pay the department and the department accepted the offer, according to another assistant clerk.

      The case would have ended there. But after learning about the decision, the Suffolk district attorney’s office appealed to a judge, who overturned the clerk’s ruling and issued a felony charge of larceny — making all of the records public.

      Ultimately, Woodley’s attorney worked out a public plea deal to resolve the case. Woodley didn’t contest the allegations. And a judge agreed to dismiss the charges after 18 months, provided Woodley pays back the department and stay out of trouble. The deal will allow him to avoid jail time and keep his pension of nearly $115,000 per year.

      Woodley’s attorney did not return calls seeking comment. But the Suffolk DA spokesman, Jake Wark, said prosecutors often make this type of deal for defendants with clean records.

      The outcome, however, was announced in open court and records about it are available for public inspection, which would not have occurred if prosecutors hadn’t intervened and persuaded a judge to issue criminal charges.

      Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, said it was important to handle the case in public.

      “We have a right to know who’s committing crimes in our communities, especially when it’s a police officer responsible for upholding the law,” Silverman said. “Whether or not the officer should have avoided a conviction, that decision needs to be made publicly so we can monitor the court system and know that it’s operating fairly. Without this transparency, we’re all left to wonder if the system is working as it should.”

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  2. barnabusduke says:

    I am so good with the rule of law, but it is so damn one sided nowadays! I’m at a loss of how to even feel or react with all of the shenanigans that we see going on. But even those we hope will make it right (other than President Trump) don’t seem to be able to (or want to) fight for all of us that have their backs. I’ll stay strong, but even now I am having my doubts of over-powering the deep state roots that are absolutely so deep. Love my Treepers as you do support like a family, God’s love as well as tough love! So I will stay strong and pray hard! What a great group of friends to have found!

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  3. GB Bari says:

    My first reaction was that there were rather tepid applauses throughout the speech. I’m not sure what dynamic was at play with this particular group.

    I was curious about their reaction to his speaking about the prison reform initiatives, since LEO’s have to deal with recidivists all of the time. Are they behind the initiative or are they so hardened from their street experiences that they won’t support it? I could not tell from this group.

    But PDJT never misses an opportunity to praise law enforcement groups. That is a promise made during his campaign and a promise kept. And that’s a refreshing 180 degree change from the previous Oval Office occupant.

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    • sat0422 says:

      Throughout America small towns and rural counties have a police and judicial network. Some are outstanding and others are way below par.

      My brother is a victim of a local District Attorney who harbors a grudge against using a weapon for self defense. That charge has been on going for over three years. My brother took up his weapon after being harassed and attacked by thugs who thought driving by his rural home and firing shots at his mailbox, which sits directly aligned with his front door, was a fun thing for drunks to do. Three times they did this and no police response.

      Seems that one of their relatives is well connected to law enforcement. No one was injured and one of the boys has committed other crimes but my brother is judged as the bad guy after seeing gunfire coming his way. Yep, it is a national disaster when local law enforcement is running low on courage and looking for scapegoats.

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      • GB Bari says:

        Yes, just like the travesty of injustice that we are seeing unfold at the highest level of law enforcement in this country, when people who lack integrity or honor gain power, a badge, a gun, and the authority to use it, the country and its citizens suffer.

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    • The Boss says:

      We’ve become spoiled by the raucous noise from the tens of thousands who turn out for Trump rallies in airport hangars and arenas, venues which by their very design magnify crowd sounds. Put a few hundred people in a hotel ballroom, many of which are designed to absorb noise, and their applause does sound ‘tepid’ in comparison. If we were there, we would have a different take.

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      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Excellent point, The Boss. Our perception doesn’t always align with reality.

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      • GB Bari says:

        Perhaps. Also it was Friday and maybe people were tired.
        But the speech did seem a bit rote, and the audience’s slow reaction time to applause lines sounded uninspired.
        It just caught me a bit by surprise because I had anticipated this audience to be supportive.
        Something was off.

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  4. yadent says:

    Always remember that the police have only one legal obligation, to uphold and enforce the law. Period. They are not legally bond to offer protection to any one individual or particular group within the community, only the community as a WHOLE ( several court cases including the USSC have confirmed this standard). Any honest officer will also tell you that they are armed for one reason and only one reason, THEIR self-defense. Not your’s or mine, theirs. Again, they are under no legal obligation to draw their weapon for anyone’s defense other than their own. The only real defense the government offers to it’s citizens is the penalty that is inflicted upon those who violate it’s laws. For many that is too little, too late. Best hope is that the President will continue to defend the 2nd Amendment and afford the citizen the ability to defend themselves and their family. Unfortunately in many states the ability to do such has been eroded to the point of near nonexistence…..in many cases with police support.

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    • Jesse says:

      I’m a police officer. I carry a firearm to protect myself and the innocent public. Your statement above about the police only carrying a firearm to protect themselves is not true. I work a nasty schedule (graveyard shift and Dayshift in the same week) and see things that most of the public choose to ignore. It’s a dangerous job that people love to think they could do better.

      Just yesterday a gy came up to me and one of the guys i work with to thank us for doing our job. He explained that he knew he wasn’t cut out to be a police officer but was grateful that there were people that were cut out for the work. He asked how we could work and not be so scared all the time. I thanked him for his support and told him how much I loved my job. I asked if he’d ever jumped a dirtbike on a jump that he wasn’t sure he could land or driven a car a bit faster than he should? I explained that was what it was like being in an incident as a police officer. The sense of relief when the incident is over is awesome. The adrenaline during the incident is amazing. And the public pays me to do it!!

      To all of you, thank you for the greatest job on earth. It’s an honor to serve.

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      • Justice Warrior says:

        God bless you sir!

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      • Yadent says:

        I have worked with hundreds of officers (street, parole, correctional) in my tenure as a CA state employee. My sibling is an officer of 24 years. An officer is under no LEGAL obligation to draw their weapon for anything other than self defense. The government’s enforcement agents are under no LEGAL obligation to offer protection to any one or particular group of individuals within the community, only the community as a whole. These are legal facts with many examples of court precedent. What you legally do with your weapon while on duty is up to your discretion however you are under no LEGAL obligation to draw it in defense of the public.

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        • Jesse says:

          I don’t care what your brother does for work. If a police officer does not act, they can be criminally charges with malfeasance. It’s oretty clear to me that you have some authority issues that you might want to consider getting help for. The police aren’t your enemy.

          The courts decided years ago that the general public cannot sue a police agency for failing to protect them. It’s a duh moment if there ever was one. If your spouse hits you and the police arrest them and then your spouse gets out of jail and really hurts you, it’s not the fault of the police. Duh. It’s the fault of the abuser. The court decisions are ultimately putting blame where it belongs, onto the perpetrator.

          The police can’t be everywhere at once and frankly, shouldn’t be. If society (humans) would treat each other better, there would be no need for the police.

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          • yadent says:

            Please show me ONE court case were an government agent was successfully prosecuted on the basis of failure to draw their weapon in defense of the public. Heck, even the coward in the Florida school shooting wasn’t legally charged for failure to utilize their weapon for public defense. And who insinuated anything regarding the police as the ‘enemy’?? Or that I have a ‘authority issue’ with said police? Like I mentioned, I’ve worked with officers, from Chiefs to rookies, for years. Both fine officers and a few not so good ones. I depended on them to protect my backside while doing my job. All I’ve said is that the police, via the courts, have limits on their LEGAL obligations. For any citizen to depend on them for their ultimate safety is taking a hell of a risk. You as an officer can’t guarantee/protect my or any citizens ‘right to life’ let alone safety from virtually ANY crime. Like you said, can’t be everywhere at once. Yet a few of your brethren along with the politicians and courts have been instrumental in STRIPPING the ‘right’ of self defense anywhere, at anytime, by whatever means necessary via so-called ‘gun control’. For a goodly percentage of the population the ‘right to life’ has been reduced to at best a ‘conditional right’, realistically it’s a ‘glorified state granted privilege’ for many. The police are agents of the government doing the government’s bidding. The government along with the courts have set LEGAL limits on what government/their agents are obligated to do. Fortunately most officers exceed their legal obligations, following a higher standard…..moral obligations. You are not the enemy, but you are also not a guaranteer of my or any other civilian’s personal safety. I have no issues with the President thanking public safety servants for their service , however I do encourage him to continue to defend and expand the protections that the 2nd Amendment offers to this country’s citizens.

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  5. JmkNY says:

    I get concerned when President Trump says “they have to fully fund border security….it has to be done”. Yes I fully agree they should fully fund the wall. However I do worry what will be given away, hidden in the omnibus last minute CR they will try to push through?

    Last time he signed a monstrous CR because “we had to get $$ for the military”. I’m just worried he will sign a crap bill with all the H1B visa expansions and green card giveaways that Yoder is pushing on behalf of tech giants because “we had to get $$ for the wall”.

    Legal immigration is as problematic as illegal. President Trump’s economic team is trying to stop intellectual property theft. And some dopey CEO was on Mornings with Maria insistent that “you have to feed the goose (of business) if you want the golden egg. And that means immigration. If I want to hire a Russian or Chinese engineer in order to continue to innovate …”

    I was screaming at the TV -“Maria ask him why none of the thousands of US Citizens graduating with STEM degrees are able to help him innovate?!”

    My husband was laughing at me. But still, I’m worried about prospects for my kids and all US citizens. And I worry about what could be signed because we “had to have the funding”.

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  6. jeans2nd says:

    Another Project Safe Neighborhoods speech (sigh). Having heard forty-leven of these already, always the same, from AG Jeff and AAG Whitaker, this would have been torture. What a breath of fresh air to hear something different.
    And this speech did not end with “We have your backs, and you have our thanks.” What a relief.

    Wonder why Pres Trump traveled to KC to give this speech. These Project Safe Neighborhood speeches have been going on for two years, weekly.
    Curious.

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  7. Jesse says:

    My goodness the concern trolls are out in force on this thread.

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    • Not just this thread…the others also. The trolls must be in the basement using up resources and not giving anything back to the ones who are supporting them…or the ones working for the DNC and other A$$HATS!!!

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  8. Sassy says:

    What you’re going to hear about is that Trump mistakenly said he was in St. Louis when he was in Kansas City. That’s not what he said or meant, but of course the media will mischaracterize anything in order to make Trump look stupid and to distract from his policies, initiatives, and successes. FWIW: James Clark was there in KC. He works out of St. Louis. His programs are in St. Louis. He was being honored for his anti-violence programs. Trump was praising him and said “right here in St. Louis,” by which he doubtless meant, in Trump shorthand, right here (Midwest, MO, as opposed to the woman from FL, mentioned right before) … in St. Louis. By focusing on what they perceive to be stupidity (that Trump didn’t even know where he was), they diminish the accomplishments of the black man that Trump was honoring. Only a few sentences later, Trump mentions being in MO, so he certainly knew where he was. Maybe it’s the media who don’t know that St. Louis and Kansas City are in the same state and that use of the word “here” can be expansive, meaning whatever the man speaking the word meant–here in this city, in this state, in this region, in this country.

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  9. lieutenantm says:

    OK……I will admit that trump is beginning to bore me, and his “missed opportunities” to appoint really strong people and to expose present and past wrong-doings {JFK, 9/11, Hillarygate and pedos ] along with backsliding in Syria, Afganistan, Ukraine and in pursuing good relations with Russia—-all these are very concerning. VERY CONCERNING.

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