YARMOUTH (CBS) – Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said statements made by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren calling the American criminal justice system racist are “disrespectful and divisive.”

Warren made the remarks while speaking at Dillard University in New Orleans last week.

“The hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist … I mean front to back,” Warren said.

On Friday, Yarmouth Police shared Frederickson’s response to the comments. Frederickson said the comments are “more bothersome” because Warren recently made efforts to pay respects to Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon and Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna after they were killed in the line of duty.

Warren and Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson. (Image Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images and WBZ-TV)

Frederickson called the comments an “insult” to police officers in the state and said there are other members of the criminal justice system that Warren “slapped in the face.”

Sen. Warren’s recent statement tarnished us all and dimished (sic) the sincerty (sic) of her condolence efforts. I now cannot trust her actions or words are real. I have a lot of repect (sic) for those who serve in elected positions even though we may disagree at times, however statements like this are disrespectful and divisive. In spite of what Sen. Warren said, the Yarmouth Police Department will continue to serve ALL people with dignity and fairness.

Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar, the president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, wrote a letter to Warren following her remarks.

Wojnar invited Warren to discuss the issue with him. He said he is “extremely troubled” by the senator’s assertion that the criminal justice system is racist.

According to a statement on Saturday, Warren and Frederickson spoke by phone about the issue.

“I appreciate Chief Frederickson’s thoughtful comments,” Warren said. “The men and women in law enforcement work in incredibly dangerous situations. We honor those in uniform who put their lives on the line every day and those who have been killed in the line of duty to keep the rest of us safe. I spoke about an entire system – not individuals – and will continue to work on reforms to make the criminal justice system fairer.”

Comments (11)

  2. why the hell is she in NO??……why isn’t she HERE doing her damn job!!!!

    1. I think congress is on break.

  3. Kenneth Williams says:

    She’ll probably meet with the chief,an try an sugar coat it. She is a real piece of SH_T. HAS SHE EVER TOLD THE TRUTH

  4. Why isn’t she saying this in Chicago? Why aren’t Barack, Jesse, Al or Louis F. saying this about the more than 1,500 murders in that great city in the last year and a half? Cops aren’t killing all of these men, women and children.

  5. She first said that the entire system front to back was racist.Then to the Chief’s comment she says she was speaking about an entire system and not individuals.Senator, who do you think runs the “entire system?Individuals!

  6. police and their unions will obediently put their tails between their legs and subjugate themselves and do what lieawathia tells them what to do. its what democrats do. its what government employees do. ultimately cops are gov employees with a lifetime gig; they will swallow their pride to stay at the trough. cops have no choice but to prostrate themselves to the big democratic machine.

  7. Congress is corrupt front to back, with Exhibit A being Lizzie herself.

  8. She is not trustworthy, what has she done since she’s been in office. She’s a hypocrite.

  9. Bob Chisholm says:

    This is how you get the Black Votrs

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