Attorney General William Barr has some bad news for would-be cop killers and mass shooters, especially those motivated by the media circus that surrounds the long and grueling court cases that follow their horrific brand of violence.
In a speech to the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans, Barr made it clear that the days of fame-driven killers are near an end if he has anything to say about it.
“We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder of a law enforcement officer,” Barr said, “there will be a timetable for judicial proceedings that will allow imposition of any death sentence without undue delay.”
“Punishment must be swift and certain.”
If Barr gets his way, there will be no more killers trying to run out the clock while they drain the taxpayer for food, water and shelter during their trial.
Instead, their deaths would likely be imminent and looming, a tangible punishment with a deadline.
And if getting tough on violent crime wasn’t enough, Barr took aim at another threat to the criminal justice system — those trying to erode law enforcement morale and the public’s faith in the police.
“There is another development that is demoralizing to law enforcement and dangerous to public safety,” Barr continued.
“That is the emergence in some of our large cities of District Attorneys that style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law.”
This seems like a direct challenge to many of the “reformers” in liberal havens such as New York and the West Coast, especially those involved in the criminal justice system.
These “reformers” will likely be some of the loud voices opposing his push to properly punish cop killers and mass shooters.
With such opposition, it’s no wonder that police feel as if they’re under siege. In his speech, Barr echoed a warning about the status of law enforcement in America that we’ve heard before.
“The ‘thin blue line’ is getting thinner,” he said.
With the number of police officers per capita dropping, there’s no promise that the line will get any more robust, either. Among the challenges facing departments, according to Barr, is a full-employment economy in which it is difficult for police departments to compete.
With a legal tool to finally give cop killers and other ultraviolent criminals a “swift and certain” punishment now on the table, it’s up to lawmakers to give law enforcement a much-needed victory.
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