Attorney General Jeff Sessions tells a law enforcement conference in Alabama that ''some of our government officials, media and Hollywood elites in this country have sent mixed messages, even harmful messages about drugs''. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Addressing law enforcement officials in his home state of Alabama about drug use in the U.S., Attorney General Jeff Sessions took aim at "media and Hollywood elites" for sending "mixed messages, even harmful messages about drugs". Sessions was speaking at the 30th annual Alabama Statewide Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Conference on Friday in Orange Beach. "We're facing an increase in violent crime, a rise in criminal gangs, the threat of terrorism, an unprecedented drug epidemic, and cultural trends that too often denigrate the indispensable roles played by family, discipline, and a disturbing disrespect for the rule of law," he said. "After decreasing for nearly 20 years because of the hard but necessary work our country started in the 1980s, violent crime is back with a vengeance. " Sessions pledged to work with local and federal officials to implement new policies and "fight back before this trend can grow."