A federal prosecutor addressing reporters on a conference call equated people wearing "heavy gold and chains" with being drug dealers, according to The Daily Caller.
Larry Leiser, president of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, made the comment after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' speech in Memphis on Thursday touting his new sentencing guidelines for drug crimes, the DC reported.
Leiser supported the Department of Justice's new policy, saying it will help "young people who see people in the community wearing heavy gold and chains and hot cars as a result of their participating in the distribution of these drugs, as opposed to going out and earning an honest living," the DC reported.
Leiser, a federal prosecutor in Virginia and adjunct faculty member at George Mason University, defended the comment after being challenged.
"It's intended to be just the reality that unfortunately there are many people in the minority communities that are caught up in this terrible blight of drugs," the DC quoted Leiser.
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