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Sessions draws fire for 'Anglo-American heritage' remark at sheriffs' conference

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>Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparked controversy Monday after making reference to the "Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement," a comment interpreted by critics as racially insensitive.

>The remark was made in a speech to the National Sheriffs' Association's winter conference in Washington, D.C., as he thanked those in attendance and outlined the history of their positions in law enforcement.

>"I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to, and accountable to, people through the elected process," said Sessions, adding, "The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.”

>While the attorney general's phrasing alone caught the attention of many on social media, the situation was further complicated by the fact that the description was not included in a copy of Sessions' prepared remarks.

>In that version, distributed by the Department of Justice after the event, the line reads: "The Sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage."