Because of the bad acts of a handful of law enforcement officers in the country, Democrats rioted to uproot the entire policing system. They want to defund the police, and more or less castrate them. Joe Biden just played to these liberal’s emotions with what some police are calling an act of political theater.
Biden signed the “Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety” Wednesday. He chose the date because it was the anniversary of George Floyd’s death at the hands of one police officer, Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of Floyd’s murder.
The dramatically named Executive Order includes the following:
- “Creates a national registry of officers fired.”
- “Encourages state and local police to tighten restrictions on chokeholds and so-called no-knock warrants.”
- “Restricts the transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies.”
- “Mandates all federal agents wear activated body cameras.”
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The National Police Association (NPA) called Biden’s action “political theater,” which could endanger the lives of police officers and the public. Spokesperson Sgt. Betsy Branter Smith said that “restrictions on military equipment transfers is ‘one area in which, in the name of making the public safer, may endanger the lives of police and the public,'” reports Fox News. “If the president is going to inhibit the ability of law enforcement agencies to obtain these lifesaving vehicles it is incumbent upon him personally to provide a substitute that will be equally effective in protecting police and the public,” Smith said. “The death of George Floyd was tragic, our justice system has dealt harshly with those involved, and now isn’t the time to tell the public that American law enforcement is ‘systematically racist’ and needs to be further limited in our methods to stop the criminal activity that continues to plague our nation. It would be most helpful if the President would declare a war on crime so that criminals would once again know the President doesn’t have their back.”
Jason Johnson, President of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) had this to say: “This Executive Order is a political response to activist demands. If the administration really wishes to help law enforcement improve its training and continue to increase professional standards, it can be done. But that requires working with law enforcement leadership and the various labor organizations that represent law enforcement officers.”
“I sincerely hope the administration will recognize that, while politically expedient, unjustified restraints on law enforcement has had and will have a deleterious effect on public safety.”
Going hand in hand with Biden’s Executive Order, his Department of Justice updated its use of force policy. The DOJ sent a four page memo to the heads of the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons. The memo said federal agents will have a “duty to intervene.'” It continued: “Officers will be trained in, and must recognize and act upon, the affirmative duty to intervene to prevent or stop, as appropriate, any officer from engaging in excessive force or any other use of force that violates the Constitution, other federal laws, or Department policies on the reasonable use of force,’ the memo states,” reports the Daily Mail.
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) told Fox News Digital that Biden did not even bother to consult them about what would be in the Executive Order, reports Fox News.
NSA President Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said, “There are potentially elements of this Order that make sense and could be beneficial to all law enforcement. However, Sheriffs are disappointed that the President chose opaqueness over transparency in drafting this order. By choosing not to listen to elected law enforcement the President missed hearing from the rest of the Country. Unfortunately, [he] hand-picked who he and his staff would share the actual verbiage with and who they would take input from. Law enforcement operates in every county in America, not just in East and West coast cities. This process leads us to believe the President had preconceived notions of our opinions and perspectives. Importantly, elected Sheriffs represent and protect 300,000,000 citizens, operate 90% of the Nation’s jails, protect 90%+ of the courthouses, and operate 90% of the 911 systems in the Nation. This effort can only be perceived to be biased against the nation’s 3,086 Sheriffs,” continued Stanforth.
Basically, Joe Biden took this moment in time to put on a show to appease his liberal base. This is all about getting votes, not about improving the safety of anyone in this country, no matter the color of their skin. He consulted few if any actual law enforcement officers in the drafting of his Executive Order. What do you think of what’s included in it? Will it improve the safety of anyone other than criminals?