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.