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Trump criticizes prosecutors at event

May 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers on Wednesday to criticize bigcity prosecutors he asserts don’t go after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety.

Trump pledged to the families of fallen officers that the country will “never, ever leave your side, never disappoint you” but went beyond memorializing for much of the annual event.

He singled out prosecutors in Philadelphia and Chicago as being part of a “dangerous trend” by deciding not to prosecute “many criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety and community well-being.” He provided scant context for the claim, and prosecutors in those cities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.