Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President: Even With New Attorney General, Old Problems Will Persist

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 10, 2014)—Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Attorney General Eric Holder and current president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, responded to the selection of Loretta Lynch to replace Holder as attorney general, saying:

“It is my sincere hope that Ms. Lynch, if confirmed, will take immediate steps to begin repairing the rift created between the Obama administration and the dedicated men and women of America’s law enforcement community.
“The mere replacement of the attorney general is not enough. President Obama should demonstrate himself a recommitment to the rule of law and a retreat from words and actions that signal a distrust of our law enforcement professionals. Early in his tenure and with no understanding of the underlying facts, he accused police of ‘acting stupidly’ in an engagement with a Harvard University professor, only to later learn of details that supported the police response. More recently, he sent three White House representatives to the funeral of Michael Brown, a young man who had just robbed a store and who reports suggest violently assaulted a police officer in an attempt to disarm him. By these words and actions, the president questions legitimate law enforcement authority, encouraging like-minded people to do the same, and widening the divide between police and the people they serve.
“We look forward to Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings to become the attorney general, but there’s no time to rejoice—significant damage has been done and there is much work ahead to undo it. LELDF stands ready to support important discussions between police and the Obama administration to rebuild the trust that has so obviously been lost.”