Aside from communications, if there is any one thing that a dictator needs to stay in power, it’s local police forces. To an end to be named later, Barack Obama and his merry band of outlaws have come up with a carrot and stick sort of incentive arrangement to bring local police into line:
Obama is trying to expand progressive control by attaching more conditions to federal funding of state and local law-enforcement efforts. “We can expand the [federally-funded] COPS program” to see if we can get more incentives for local communities to apply some of the best practices and lessons that are embodied in [ Task Force on 21st Century Policing] report,” he said.
Those best practices likely will eventually include rules that restrict police investigations of groups that are part of the Democratic coalition, and rules that try to level convictions and penalties among various sub-groups of the United Stats, regardless of actual conviction rates.
Yeah. Â That’s fair. Â Adopt our best practices or we take away the money. Â (Actually, that’s how the American drinking age got to be 21.) Â But, wait, there’s more:
â€œI think communities [with police forces] across the board are going to need to considerâ€¦ recommendations around prohibiting racial profiling [and] thatâ€™s a step that weâ€™ve already taken at the federal level,â€ Obama said.
The report also calls for government to collect more data about state and local policing. That data will help federal officials impose new rules. â€œWe need more information to find out how to take to scale best practices when it comes to training so that police officers are able to work in a way that reduces the possibilities of bias,â€œ Obama said.
State and local policing may need to be subordinated to federal social policy, Obama suggested. â€œOur approach to our drug laws, for example, and criminalization of nonviolent offenses rather than taking more of a public health approach â€” that may be something that has an impact in eroding trust between law enforcement and communities.â€
So much for the idea that local jurisdictions know best how to police in their own back yards. Â Or that some level of profiling happens racial or otherwise whether the people and the police like it or not. Â The concept that the nation’s drug laws are actually largely federal and that the local LEOs are already following federal rules…oh, wait. Â Nothing to see here. Â Move along. Â Time must be made to acknowledge the shame and guilt factors of excessive policing, though:
â€œLaw enforcement agencies should acknowledge the role of policing in past and present injustice and discrimination and how it is a hurdle to the promotion of community trust,â€ the report says.Â â€œThe Federal Government, as well as state and local agencies, should encourage and incentivize higher education for law enforcement officers.â€
Not sure what higher education has to do with it since highly educated people tend not to have much in the way of street smarts, but just like the rest of the left, Obama’s report blames the police, not the perpetrators for any wrongdoing.
There is more to the Daily Caller piece quoted above, and more guilt by association wording from the report. Â The true bottom line is that this is a nationally progressive move aimed at keeping Democratic constituents out of jail. Â Given that prison is a breeding ground for Islamic conversion, in and of itself, that might not be a bad thing, but there has to be some punishment for breaking laws or it will happen over and over creating a lawless class of honest to goodness societal leaches worse than the one we have now.
Oh, and then there’s that dictatorship thing.
Additional reading at DC Clothesline.