Nashville, Tenn. (August 28, 2017) – Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, released the following statement on Attorney General Sessions announcement in Nashville regarding military equipment for police departments:

“The announcement today in Nashville from Attorney General Sessions is the latest example of the administration failing to understand the problems of our communities. Violence and crime are symptoms of a broader illness: systemic poverty. Republican policies in Tennessee have failed to address this illness, with over 1 million people in the state struggling in poverty. Every time Democrats propose legislation to help working families, Republicans block it. We can’t solve these problems until we elect leaders who understand every community in Tennessee.”