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Trump Signs Executive Order on Policing

President Trump appeared in the Rose Garden Tuesday where he made remarks and signed an executive order that is part of an effort to ward off “defund the police” efforts and show that he is doing something on police “reform.”

I’m sure the police could use some reform. But everyone knows that the main problems affecting all groups in the country – white, black, and otherwise – are cultural. And those are a much, much tougher task to work on than adhering the bandaid of some police reform. And “reforming” the police could also backfire in ways that increase crime and that get many more people – especially blacks – killed.

According to the Associated Press:

Trump’s executive order would establish a database that tracks police officers with excessive use of force complaints in their records. And it would give police departments a financial incentive to adopt best practices and encourage co-responder programs, in which social workers join police when they respond to nonviolent calls involving mental health, addiction and homeless issues.

Trump said that, under a new credentialing process, chokeholds will be banned “except if an officer’s life is at risk.” Chokeholds are already largely banned in police departments nationwide.

Trump framed his plan as an alternative to the “defund the police” movement that has emerged from the protests and which he slammed as “radical and dangerous.”

“Americans know the truth: Without police there is chaos. Without law there is anarchy and without safety there is catastrophe,” he said.

Trump’s audience included police officials and members of Congress, and came after he met at the White House with the families of men and women who have been killed in interactions with police.

“To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side,” Trump said. “Your loved ones will not have died in vain.”

Yet Trump made no mention of systemic racism in his comments.

That’s because while there is racism, there is not systemic racism. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is still a good country, and the police are mostly good people. Brave too.

5 thoughts on “Trump Signs Executive Order on Policing”

  1. Hot topic, so many moving parts. Moving funds from the police to social efforts will not help reform police training or protocols. That’s a dead end, literally. As KK said, the crux of the issue is cultural. Many within the fight disagree, but 50+ years of government intervention and “assistance” has not moved the needle as some thought it would. All you need to do is look at the rioting and looting. Destruction of private property and stealing does not help race relations, never did, never will. There is a strong segment of the minority community that abhors the rioting and looting, but in the face of BLM, they dare not voice their true thoughts. And then there is this: a young, perhaps 27 yr old police officer from Las Vegas was shot while on duty during a relatively peaceful rally. He was there for crowd control, non confrontational. A passerby in a car shot the officer. In the head. He is on a ventilator, paralyzed from the neck down as of last night. There was no riot, no looting, no public property desecration. This is not about race, it is about culture. Until each culture steps up to learn, teach, and respect, this will not end. Witness Chicago on any Monday morning…read the stats… Terrifying.


  2. I could go on and on…. but I digress.

    In the town where I went to high school and met my husband, the police department had police chaplains. They were members of the clergy in the community. They volunteered their time and accompanied police to what was believed to be nonviolent calls for various reasons. They were there to assist, reassure and hopefully help distraught people. Don’t know if those programs still exist, but they sound a great deal like having a social worker accompany police. Unfortunately, if you follow social worker details in California as it relates to supervising children in bad home situations, there is a good deal not to feel good about. The politics of those departments protects the worker, when many times they should be held accountable. I don’t know the answers, but you need good and well trained social workers who are not stymied by their superiors and their unions. Just as we shouldn’t expect teachers to solve the problems of homelessness, hunger, drugs and other family issues surrounding some of their students, we should not expect the police to be able to solve all these problems themselves. Ultimately the family unit – whatever that may be – is going to make the biggest difference. As a society, we can insure that publicly funded schools are treated equal for funding. I’d even go a bit farther, and suggest that inner city schools have some green space – it may seem like a small matter, but when I see schools in a poorer community in an urban area, I see alot of black top – how depressing. If only we had all the answers and we could snap our fingers and everything would be fine. There’s way too much politics, money and power in these activist groups (including our politicians whose primary goal is to be re-elected) to effect real progress. I have great empathy for the downtrodden, and especially the children but I refuse to bow to the radicals who want to completely upend our society.

  3. Police do not interact with peaceful, law abiding citizens as a rule. Every time there is a shooting, the shootee is in the process of committing a crime or has already done the illegal act.
    The truth is raw – police in every jurisdiction is afraid of being shot or injured by the citizens they try to protect. Always on alert, always suspicious of every move, it’s reasonable to see how unfortunate acts happen.
    I reach in my pocket or under the car seat while being given a traffic ticket – the officer is immediately alerted, maybe draws his weapon. It happens.

    1. Indeed…I learned in my Driver’s Ed class many moons ago that if an officer pulls you over, the best thing to do is put both hands high on the steering wheel before he comes to the window – keep them in plain sight. Fortunately, I haven’t been pulled over in a while, but I still remember that today.

  4. If the “PO-Lice” have been systemic racists…then why didn’t that historic Black US Pres. Obama do something to fix the police over 8 years…???

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