Law enforcement groups, backed by Senate GOP leaders, are lining up to oppose President Joe Biden’s U.S. District Court nomination of a Muslim ACLU lawyer who once said that police kill unarmed black men “every day.”
Both the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund told Secrets that they oppose the nomination of Nusrat Choudhury to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
In a statement to Secrets, the National Sheriffs’ Association's Executive Director and CEO Jonathan F. Thompson, said, “The nominee’s beliefs and comments have no place in our criminal justice system. She has openly, and with malice, attacked every deputy and officer, and did so for no legitimate reason.”
Thompson added, “Her actions were akin to shouting ‘fire’ in a theater, but worse because they sought to inflame fury and outrage. No reasonable person should think she is worthy to be federal judge with a lifetime appointment. The beliefs she embraced represent bigotry against law enforcement and have zero merit.”
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President Jason Johnson said, “The nominee's remarks exclude her from a lifetime appointment to the federal judiciary because they evidence her willingness to spread false, inflammatory rhetoric to influence public policy. This is not acceptable for a member of the bar and is certainly not acceptable and is, in fact, disqualifying for a judicial nominee.”
Both called on senators to reject her nomination.
Choudhury was pushed forward by New York Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. She would be the first Muslim and Bangladeshi to serve on the court, according to reports.
She got a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in late April and was asked about her anti-police comments. She said her past comments that police kill black men every day were “rhetorical advocacy” on behalf of a client.
But yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Choudhury represents what he described as anti-police advocacy by the Biden administration and the president’s picks for top legal and judicial jobs.
“Now more than ever, we need to fund law enforcement, support police officers, and back the blue,” said McConnell, who spoke about the problems police are facing back home in Louisville, Kentucky, and elsewhere.
“But too many Democrats are apparently bent on doing just the opposite. The far Left’s call to defund the police has taken root at every level of government. Elected officials, sworn to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, have chosen instead to amplify distrust of the men and women who work every day to enforce our laws,” he added.
He offered Choudhury as exhibit A in his statement:
“Just last week, our colleagues on the Judiciary Committee considered a nominee to the [district] court with an unapologetic record of hostility toward law enforcement. Without any basis in fact, Nusrat Choudhury suggested that police murdering unarmed black men, ‘happens every day.’
“When our colleague, the junior Senator from Louisiana, called her out on it, the nominee tried to claim that she had only made that statement as an act of ‘rhetorical advocacy’ on behalf of a client.
“Unsurprisingly, that answer hasn’t done much to ease the concerns of America’s law enforcement community. Major organizations representing officers — from the Sergeants Benevolent Association to the National Sheriffs Association to the Fraternal Order of Police — have voiced strong opposition and called on President Biden to, ‘take a stand against this dangerous and absurdly divisive rhetoric.’
“Needless to say, the president and his administration need to do a lot more than that to prove to the men and women of law enforcement that they have their backs.”