In a speech to the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans on Monday, Attorney General William Barr promised to push for new legislation to swiftly carry out the death penalty for suspects who commit mass shootings or kill police officers.
“This administration will not tolerate violence against police, and we will do all we can to protect the safety of law enforcement officers,” said Barr, who had a tough-on-crime approach in his previous stint as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer in the early 1990s.
“I will share with you one proposal that we will be advancing after Labor Day. We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder of a law enforcement officer, 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.”
Barr lauded efforts to keep chronic offenders behind bars with long sentences. He said that helped seriously cut down violent crime.
His stance puts Barr at odds with some criminal justice reformers.
While the tough-on-crime thinking was common among law enforcement officials in